Welcome to the Friday face mask. Today I did a little something different. Technically speaking I used the mask early and it isn’t a full face mask. I did not sleep well last night and as a consequence this morning I awoke with puffy baggy eyes. So since I was starting my day working at the computer, I decided to start off with an eye mask. I went with the Erno Laszlo multi-task eye serum mask. It came in my July Look Fantastic box and I have been looking forward to using it ever since it came in.
I’ve used the Erno Laszlo Firmarine night cream (Picked up from Lovely Skin during one of their sales a while back) and it was amazing. I believe it is also carried by Look Fantastic on their store and they are always running some sort of weekly special so it is well worth looking into.
But I hadn’t tried any of their serums of masks. So I started the day with the Erno Laszlo multi task eye serum mask under my eyes as I began working at the computer. So what is it supposed to do?
A silky, All-in-one hydrogel eye patch formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle the major signs of under eye dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. The multi-tasking eye patch is soaked in serum powered by algae extract, vitamin B3, amino acids and allantoin to give immediate results under the eye area.
Each revitalizing mask conforms perfectly to the contours under eyes, helping our powerful actives penetrate more deeply: Glycerin: a powerful moisture magnet, attracts and holds hydration, helping fill in fine lines and crow’s feet for softer, smoother-looking skin, Vitamin B3: a natural illuminator, defies dark spots and discoloration by jump-starting skin cell renewal, Gotu Kola and other anti-inflammatories: calm stressed skin and improve circulation, reducing puffiness from allergies, pollutants and other assaults.
Lovely Skin currently has the six pack of these eye masks on sale for $38 in case you are looking to pick them up. They are of course also available on the Erno Laszlo site as well and probably a bunch of other places. The Erno Lazlo site not only has the six pack for $38 but they also have a two pack for $14. If you are just trying them out that might be a good option. I know I tend to try samples or smaller packs to see if I like them before I pick up the full sized version. (I just put an order in for Lovely Skin so it’s on my mind in case you are wondering)
So I took the eye masks out of the pack and put them on my skin. First off, they are the jelly like eye masks which I think always stay in place more securely and in general they seem to provide me with better results. Or maybe I just think they work better than the paper ones because I just like them more. There is something soothing feeling about the texture of the jelly masks.
I will say that once I applied the masks I felt a cooling sensation. There was no tingling, but it felt cool. One of the ways I tend to deal with my under eye puffiness is to take the quartz roller I keep stashed in the fridge and roll it under my eyes because cold really helps reduce puffiness for me. So I was really happy with the cooling sensation.
I was also happy they stayed in place while I got some work done this morning. Not slipping makes them extremely convenient. Then of course, it was time to peel them off.
I’m not certain how big a difference you can see in the before and after pics, but I can feel a difference. My eyes feel less baggy and the skin feels a little tighter. While the masks were saturated in serum when I applied them, the serum appears to have all soaked in and the jelly patches were only slightly damp.
My skin also was only slightly damp when I removed them. I patted the last of the serum in so there was no wasted serum. While it clearly isn’t a replacement for a good night’s sleep, it does make me feel a bit more refreshed. So from me, this mask gets a thumbs up and a place on the repurchasing list. I think I would keep them until I need to look a little more bright eyed rather than use them every day, but I think keeping the Erno Laszlo multi task eye serum mask around isn’t such a bad idea. I’m really glad I tried these today. Thanks to Look Fantastic for choosing this to add to the July subscription box.
This week I pulled a full make up bag, I really did. And there were several items I was really excited to try. One of which was the Laura Geller dual eyeliner. It has a calligraphy style pen on one end and a gel like side on the other end.
Alas, this week got a little crazy.
My eyes mostly ended up with mascara alone this week. Luckily it was a really good mascara. When I went looking to set up my bag for the week I found several trial sized mascaras that escaped my earlier purge. I think they came in after I collected the ones I wanted to use up.
Anyway I chose one of their number and it was fantastic. I went with the Bad Gal Bang Mascara from Benefit. I have to say I am a little surprised by how much I liked it. The mascara did occasionally clump but a quick pass with my eyelash comb took all the clumps out. And my lashes were left long and fluttery. It was almost false lashes length. At least the more natural looking false lashes.
I really enjoyed it and I will be looking at getting a full sized tube of the Bad Gal Bang mascara once I’ve whittled down my open containers. I have to say, I might have found a new favorite.
Also from Benefit this week was my blush. I used the Gold Rush Blush. It is one of my top blushes. The color and formula work well with me and the shimmer that made me doubt it was just an overlay and has long since disappeared.
It is a surprisingly soft color that just sort of makes my cheeks look slightly flushed instead of bright pink. I really like it.
I especially liked the formula this week as it gave me no problems. I can not say the same for the Kenia Onteveros Set and Define palette. The link will take you to the full review but a brief synopsis was that the mattifying powder was okay, and I adore the highlighter.
So two of the six products worked for me. The bronzer and contours were patchy and didn’t want to blend for me. While I give the rest of the palette a pass, that highlighter was fantastic. It looked pin in the pan and went on with a subtle gold glow. I will keep the palette around just for that and then buy it again in a single pan product. The rest of the palette, not so much.
Returning again this week, the level dropping ever lower, is the I Heart Revolution Fixing Spray. It is in Peaches and Cream.
It works amazingly well and is super affordable. Mine is just somewhat old and I am trying to use it up. I have about two weeks let of product so it will be used up by the end of August and then other Setting Sprays will get their chance to leave my dressing table again. I promise.
My Foundation this week was the Maybelline Fit me Matte and Poreless (normal to oily). The link will take you to my full review. Not much has changed since I posted it. I like the product and enjoy using it on my skin.
My 999 Master Blender Foundation Brush from Bdellium Tools worked incredible well with it. I think when I used it last time I had to just use a make up sponge. I think that might have been because my old foundation brush needed replacing. It went on easily with the 999 Master blender. (Incidentally they are having a sale on their vegan Bambu Brush line at the moment in case anyone is looking to replace brushes) I’ll link the code below.
My only issue with the Maybelline Fit me is the open lid. Once you screw the cap off it is just open. I carefully poured some on my hand to begin applying to my face and it worked well, I just had to be careful pouring. It is a good enough product and very cost effective on my budget, that I am willing to over look that and will probably be buying it again, or fitting the bottle with a dropper.
For now I just had to remember to wipe the excess off my hand with my MakeUp Eraser before I left the bathroom. There wa a lot of wasted product, but at least this way the Makeup Eraser soaked it up and I didn’t go smearing it over everything when I left. I really need to look at fitting the bottle with a dropper.
My primer this week was one I used before as well. It is the elf Poreless Putty Primer. (Its pictured above with the blush) Many, including me have raved about it. I wanted to use it again because I so recently used the Puff Puff Pass Primer from elf and I wanted to do a comparison. As far as smoothing out the skin, this one wins hands down.
It is really smoothing and really fills those pores for a flawless finish. Not as airbrushed on me as it is on the commercial models, but it looked good. The Puff Puff Primer was far more moisturizing and felt more like skin care than makeup. I would wear that one alone with just powder whereas this poreless putty primer is really something I only reach for to put under foundation.
They both have their places in my dressing table and I will keep repurchasing both. However with the putty it will be a while before it needs to be repurchased as it takes so little to actually cover my face. But I like them both. Go elf!
And now my darlings we reach the lips. There are five products to go through. The first is the Perricone MD No makeup lipstick. It is in reality a lip balm with a slight tint. I really like this lip balm though. It is very moisturizing and feels more like skin care for your lips than a lip product. If that makes sense.
I found myself using it first thing in the morning, well before applying my make up and last thing at night. In the morning I found it softened my lips and did really well prepping them for other lip products. At night it sort of acted like a lip mask and hydrated my lips while I slept. I will also say I am using it so much (and plan to keep it in my bathroom) because even though it is a new to me product from July’s Boxycharm premium, it will expire in December.
I’ve used Perricone, MD products before and that is something you have to watch out for. When it gives you an expiration date, they mean it. The closer it comes to the date, the higher the chance that it will get moldy and need to be thrown away. So I am using it while I can. It makes me a little mad that I have to race through using such a good product, but that is an argument with Boxycharm not Perricone, MD. It is a great product, and if you do pick one up, mind the expiration date. You can’t stock pile these lipsticks. It’s a buy and use kind of product. Although well worth using.
The next gloss I put in my bag this week was the Fenty Diamond Milk. It is a nice gloss on its own but super excellent as a lip topper. It smells like Vanilla and I really enjoyed using it this week. I tend to forget I have it as it is just a little too thick to fit comfortably in my lipstick holder so it ends up in a drawer a lot. I need to figure out where to put it so that I can reach for it more. It is a really good product.
Next we have the one actual lipstick I used this week. This is one of my favorite bold lips. It is the Marc Jacobs Le Marc lipstick in Trax (290). It is a wine colored vampy sort of color. I love the formula as it is super comfortable to wear. However with most dark lipsticks, I sometimes make a mess with the application if I just roll the product up and apply it to the lips. This is a lipstick that benefits from the use of a lip brush.
What I like to do is use the lip brush to outline my lips with the product and then fill them in. I generally don’t have a problem doing touch ups throughout the day without the brush, but for that initial application, I like the outline and fill method. I should point out that I don’t use this with lighter shades of Le Marc, but I do use it with all darker vampy shades. I find it more controllable and I can also decide how dark I want to go. With the brush I can just use a light wash of color or go full out bold with it.
Like the Feny, I enjoy using the product, but it doesn’t fit comfortably in the lipstick holder. It is just a little too wide. As a consequence it ends up in the drawer. I think I may need to just get a bigger lipstick display. Then I can add to my Marc Jacobs lipstick collection. They are great products but I haven’t collected them as I want because they don’t fit anywhere. I really should remedy that.
There were two liquid lipsticks in my make up bag this week. One was an ultra matte lip in the shade Tulle from Colourpop and the other was a liquid lipstick in the shade Jaybird from Laura Lee Los Angeles.
I like both colors. The Colorpop wasn’t as comfortable to wear as the Laura Lee and it didn’t have quite the lasting power. With the Laura Lee, I applied Jaybird once and it stayed all day long. It felt a little sticky at first but after a while I forgot I was wearing it. The Colourpop was also a nice formula. It is a little drying but relatively comfortable. I did have to reapply it in the afternoon however.
So that was this week’s makeup bag. While I did choose other products to fill out the bag, this week I didn’t end up using them. I think I spent so much time trying to make the set and define palette work that I just rushed through everything else. Plus it was a busy week.
Next week slows down and I will have a hope of actually applying eyeliner and shadow without looking like I let a group of sugar amped kindergarteners take markers and chalk to it so next week should be more balanced instead of lip heavy. Although personally I kind of liked having so many lip products to choose from during the week. So I might add more than two next week as well when I go to stock the Make Up bag for next week.
But that is for later, at the moment I need to get back to work. I’ll see you back here this afternoon for a relaxing break with the Friday Face mask. Have a good afternoon.
I love when everything works well. While I still babied my ankle this week, it is almost completely back to normal now. Next week can see a return to my normal schedule.
In many ways.
This week I also spent fighting with graphics and the like in an effort to get my latest book out (Cursed). Now the book is out and I am no longer limping.
It’s a winner all around.
What I did do was keep an eye on my calories and used my arm weights in my chair. My shoulders are a little sore, mostly because I went a little crazy with the their dancing once I finally got the book out.
I’d like to say there was an actual song I was dancing to as it sounds less crazy, but I think I was just combining several different beats with the words “It’s done, it’s done, its finally, finally done.”
Yeah, there is no set tune for that but I do sing it after every book is complete. Every large project too actually. At some point I might want to get an actual tune for it instead of me and my ProsourceFit making it up as I go along. I really have loved those weights as my ankle healed though. Next week though, its back to the you tube videos. Although to be honest, there will still be chair dancing with weights.
I’m hoping to keep logging my food in as well. I’m using the my fitnesspal app for that and I find it really does help me stay on track. I need to stop guessing my calories and just actually record them. I think that really is why I sort of plateaued for so long. So I suppose the twisted ankle was good for something.
I’m still not thanking the bunny rabbits who dug the holes in my yard.
So to the Stats:
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 204.4 lbs
This week’s weight: 203.8 lbs
Weight lost this week: 0.6 lbs
Weight lost thus far: 42.2 lbs
Weight left to lose (apx): 80.8 lbs
And so with that we end another week. I will push on, this time with both feet firmly on the ground and hopefully move back into making diet and exercise work together. I hope you have a fabulous Friday.
And now for something completely different. Yes, my darlings, I am taking a moment of shameless self promotion for my non Mimsy self. My latest book Cursed is now available for purchase on Amazon. Normally my books are on both Amazon and Smashwords, but I have entered this particular book into the Amazon Storyteller’s contest and so it is only available on Amazon for the duration of the contest. It is however available as both an E-book and a paperback. Sorry for any inconvenience that causes any of you.
I have to say, this was a really fun book to write. It is a fantasy novel. I started with a bored fairy godmother and a princess afflicted with a sleeping curse who had no intention of going to sleep and just sort of went from there. It gave me an entirely new world to play with and I am certain I will be returning quite often.
So, without further ado, my latest book Cursed is now available.
Esmeralda has served as godmother in the Seven Thousand Kingdoms for several hundred years. She arranged countless Cinderella tales and heroic quests, dealing in both happy endings and in setting the occasional curse, when she can’t talk the kings she is required to serve out of it. She has seen it all. She chafes at the restrictions placed on her by the Assemblage, the ruling body that governs all those with magic and wishes desperately that something would change. When the Kingdom of Charalond starts persecuting all those with magic, it seems she may get her wish.
Princess Aria is cursed. She knew all her life that on her 18th birthday she would prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and both she and the kingdom would sleep for a hundred years with the prince who rescued her becoming the new king. But the Queen has finally presented her father with a son, the prince he always wanted to rule after him. Now Aria has to find a way to escape her curse or risk being killed so her brother can inherit the throne. But can Aria trust the godmother to help her?
And thus ends my moment of self promotion. Thanks for reading and keep your fingers crossed about the contest.
While this week featured a return of a previously reviewed foundation, The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation to be exact, this week’s make up bag had a brand new face palette in it. I used the Kenia Ontiveros Beauty Set and Define Kit that came in my July Boxy Charm Premium. It is an interesting palette as it has a white/translucent powder, a setting powder, a highlighter, contour, dark contour and bronzer.
The Mattify Powder went on well and worked as a pretty good face powder. My issue was the pan size. While the pans are fairly good sized they are located rather close together because they are in a palette. The palette is six inches by four inches in case you are wondering. Each pan is an inch and a half square. Generally, this is a good sized pan.
Unfortunately, my usual powder brush likes a little more space to spread out. When I dipped it into the Mattifying powder it picked up the mattifying powder as well as some of the setting powder and the contour powder. So I had to dig out a smaller powder brush and use it instead. I think I ended up using a blush brush.
I know that sounds a bit whiny, but each morning I kept reaching for my regular powder brush out of habit, then had to change it out. In addition, because I was using a blush brush, it looked like a blush brush and I occasionally grabbed the brush I was using for blush instead of the one I was using for powder. It was a bit of a mess and it kinda threw me off. With face powder, I generally stick to products that are in their own compacts. And with this I realized why.
I like face palettes generally, but I generally stick to the blush, bronzer highlight and contour palettes. I’m not sure I like the powder in there. I think for traveling it might be nice so I wouldn’t have to pack separate powders, although I generally pack a powder compact in my purse anyway. It is something I travel with and something I just generally add to my purse in case I need a touch up.
I know that’s sort of a long winded way to say the mattifying powder was okay, but not really good enough for me to get over my annoyance and want to reach for this palette.
It wasn’t helped out by the setting powder either. While it too is an okay powder, it came up slightly yellow on my skin tone. It’s a good product, just not my color.
I am however in love with the highlighter. It is quite frankly the star of the palette. While it is pink toned when first applied, when blended, the highlighter gave me a subtle glow that seemed more golden in tone. It was a really nice subtle highlighter that is perfect for office wear or a nice night out. Not that I’m going out much, but it worked really nicely on my zoom calls. If they sell this highlighter individually, I would consider picking it up to add to my collection.
The contour, dark contour and bronzer, not so much. The colors are nice in the swatches but on the skin I found them patchy and hard to blend. They wanted to stay exactly where I put them when I applied it. Where the brush touched down was their new home. So I ended up with lines that just weren’t blending out. I ended up using my foundation brush to try and blend them out, essentially using the foundation left on the brush to sort of erase the contour and bronze.
Which isn’t really the point.
This palette retails for $42 on the Kenia Ontiveros Beauty site. In the hand it feels more like a $20 palette. In the end usage, I am keeping it for the highlighter (because I really love the highlighter) and will probably use the Mattify powder every time I pull it out. It will be a ‘you can’t have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat’, scenario where if I want to use the highlighter I need to make myself use the powder. That way I’ll at least use two of the six products in the palette. Although I think on those weeks, I’ll take my regular powder brush out of the bathroom so I can’t accidentally grab it.
Normally, I would post my eyeshadow palette of the week review next, but to be honest even though I pulled an eyeshadow palette out to use, I didn’t use it. I kept things very simple this week. My morning makeup looked like I was attempting some sort of speed record. My makeup bag ended up very lip product heavy while my eyes mostly got a dash of mascara, admittedly I really liked this week’s mascara.
I think I might have used a different lip product each day.
So there will be no eyeshadow palette review this week. (There will be a second unrelated post up in its place though).
And my makeup bag review will feature a lot of talking about my lips. For those as lip product obsessed as I am, enjoy, and for those not, fair warning and all apologies. But next week my schedule resumes something approaching normality. So no super speedy makeup. Which is good for me because this week I also had a new eyeliner I really wanted to try but didn’t get around to. So next week, the eyes have it.
Normally I just post the Friday Face Mask, and try to just use masks I’ve already talked about during the week, but today I have something a little different. Instead of my fifteen minute Friday afternoon face mask break, I have a three minute Bright and Easy Flash Mask from Ursa Major. I received two small jars of this from my July Petit Vour box (one is pictured above) and I decided it would be nice to use it on a regular week day since it took so short a time.
Normally during the week I use masks at night because most days I can’t take a 15- 20 minute chunk out of my work day. It makes Friday special. Well one of the reasons anyway. I figured as this was only three minutes, I might be able to actually try it out during the day without a major calamity.
While there are no weight markers on my containers, the full sized jar is 1.57 fl oz and retails for $44. So what does this flash mask do?
This gentle but oh-so-effective “flash” enzyme face treatment enhances the appearance of skin’s tone, elasticity, luminosity and firmness – all without the irritation associated with harsh scrubs or chemical peels.
Brightens and clarifies, Boosts the appearance of firmness and elasticity, Balances the look of skin tone and texture, Easy-rinsing gel formula
I’ve tried a 5 minute Pomegranate mask from Korres which I enjoyed, and have on my repeat purchase list and this flash mask also includes pomegranate so I had high hopes. Especially when I saw the rest of the ingredients. There are some pretty good things in there such as witch hazel and aloe that my skin tends to like.
Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf juice*, alcohol*, glycerin, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, lactobacillus/punica granatum ferment extract, populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, sclerotium gum, pectin, water/aqua/eau, sodium hyaluronate, medicago sativa (alfalfa) extract*, hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract*, salix alba (willow) bark extract, copper PCA, caprylic/capric triglyceride, rose extract, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, santalum album (sandalwood) wood extract, passiflora incarnata fruit extract, prunus armeniaca (apricot) fruit extract, rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract, cananga odorata flower extract, cucumis melo cantalupensis fruit extract, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract, prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) fruit extract, citrus limon (lemon) peel extract, ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract * Denotes organic
Ursa Major Product page
So onto the face it went. I will say that I only needed half of the jar to cover my face completely so my two little jars have enough product for four face masks. And I didn’t look like a bank robber. The mask just made my face look wet.
I really like that Petit Vour gave me enough product to try this mask repeatedly. The mask went on well and smells slightly tart but mostly sort of grassy. I’m guessing that’s the alfalfa. It smoothed over my skin and I’m not going to lie it felt like I was sort of putting jelly on my face. Some sort of weird colorless jelly, but still, jelly.
It applied well and it didn’t warm up and drip or anything it stayed exactly where I put it. I think from the consistency when I applied it I was expecting it to drip as it warmed to my body temperature. It did not.
There was a slight tingle, but it was really very slight. More like a wash of cool air over wet skin than a chemical tingle. I’ll admit I was worried as I thought anything with that short a wait time might have a super chemical burn. This did not.
It was light and pleasant and after three minutes rinsed off cleanly. I don’t know if my skin felt firmer after using it, but my skin felt soft and hydrated and to my eyes looked refreshed as though I took a nap when no one was looking. I wouldn’t call it luminous, but I will say it is somewhat brighter which I consider a definite benefit.
I think this is a mask I would like to keep on hand for days when I feel a bit draggy and have a little time before an important meeting. I think taking the three minutes, using the mask and then applying makeup for the meeting would do wonders for my ability to look awake and vibrant. (clearly in the photos I applied no makeup.) I am really happy this product came in my Petit Vour box, because I had never even heard of this company. Now, it is on my watch list. It also makes me wonder what sort of goodies will come in my August Petit Vour Box.
Welcome to the July Empties. I have to say, it looks like a full basket this month. Admittedly, that may be because of the shampoo bottles and trial sizes. So let’s clear the large shampoo bottles out of the way first shall we?
First up, is my general standard for shampoo and conditioner. If you ever wonder what it is I compare products to, this is it.It is the Suave Professionals rosemary and mint. The scent is perfect for a post workout pick me up as it smells amazingly fresh and clean.
This is one of my standard drug store favorites. With my hair I generally find that I have to switch up shampoos periodically to keep my hair loving them. This is one that gets rotated in frequently. In fact it is the one that I actually compare other shampoos to. I don’t mind paying extra for good hair products, but they have to work. So whenever I pick up a pricy shampoo and conditioner to try out, I ask myself does this work as well as the Suave? So even though this is leaving, it will be repurchased again and again in the future.
Slightly pricier shampoo that I recently ran out of is the Love Beauty and Planet Coconut water and Mimosa Flower shampoo and conditioner. This set is designed for body and strength for fine hair, but I find it works really well on my hair as well. My hair is on the thicker side, but I still liked it.
It gave my hair great body and shine. I did find that I still had to use a leave in conditioner after wards. I think that might be because my hair is not fine. I also found that this worked best if I didn’t use it every wash. If I used it every wash, it tended to not do as well. I found that it worked best for me if I kept this as my once a week shampoo and conditioner, using Suave the rest of the week.
I don’t know if there was some sort of build up with the products that Suave cleared out. But for a once a week wash, I did really like this set. Plus, using them only once a week offset the higher cost by making them last longer. I would definitely consider buying these again, but next time I might look for something in their line designed for thicker hair and see if I had the same issues with it. I initially bought this because I saw volume on the label and that is generally my go to for product claims. Either way, I like the brand and will continue to purchase from them in the future.
Sticking with hair for the moment, I have two empty dry shampoos this month. One is the full sized COLAB dry shampoo that came in a Glossy Box and the other is a trial size of amika perk up. I liked both but for different reasons.
Let’s talk about the colab first. It claims to have oil absorbing without the white residue. It has white residue. I have dark hair, it showed white on my hair. Personally, I don’t mind as I generally find that the ones that show the white tend to work the best. With this dry shampoo I found that it worked best if I sprayed it on my hair just before bed and then brushed it out in the morning. Doing that, it worked really well. It absorbed any excess oil and left my hair looking clean. It is a very good, and very cost effective product. I think the full sized bottle was under $6.
With the amika perk up, it left a lot more white, but if I brushed it out right after application it left my hair amazingly soft and shiny (in a healthy non greasy way). If I tried to spray at night and leave it, the product got weirdly clumpy and my scalp itched. It is a dry shampoo to use when you need to run out somewhere, not an overnight product. To be honest, while I would consider buying this again it would probably be in the travel size that I could keep in my purse rather than the full sized to keep in the bathroom. The Klorane is still my go to dry shampoo, neither of these replaced it, but this really is good on the go, just remember there is a LOT of white added to dark hair with this product. So both dry shampoos were good, but in different ways.
This month my empties bin features several make up items. For primers I have the Benefit Pore Professional Pearl and the Kaja Blur Drop. Technically speaking the Kaja is not empty but it is leaving my world so I thought I would include it.
It was one of those products that I just didn’t like and never want to use again. It may work for someone else, but it did not do well with my skin at all. The one friend I generally trade products with as we tend to have almost opposite skin needs, said she tried it and hated it to, so alas it is going in the bin.
The Porefessional Pearl Primer from Benefit on the other hand, I loved and will be getting again. I have one more sample size of this in my collection and once I use it up, I will be purchasing the full sized tube.
This month I also used up a sample size of the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream. I tried it, loved it and luckily have a full sized version waiting in my drawer. I am trying to resist opening it until I have used up at least one product, but it is hard to resist. That is one of the best BB creams I have tried.
On the opposite end of the spectrum was the Pur 4-in-1 love your selfie longwear foundation and concealer. I did not like this product and will not be repurchasing it. Luckily it was only a sample size because it it were full sized I would feel bad about getting rid of it.
Makeup item this month was the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit. While I enjoyed the benefit brow priducts, I believe in the future I will purchase the Precisely my brow instead of this one. I just am not a fan of the multiple products in one pen. It felt like I didn’t get enough of the one product I wanted which was the brow pencil. I used up my shade rather quickly and then had to work to use up the other products before I felt comfortable letting it go. So it is is a good product, just not in a form I particularly care for.
This month I used the Speak Deodorant Cream that came in one of my Petit Vour Boxes. I liked the product and felt it worked well and considering how hot this summer has been it put any deodorant product to the test.
It worked well but I really didn’t like the cream aspect of it. I absolutely hated digging out the cream and rubbing it into my arm pits. Luckily, when I posted my review, a rep from the company actually messaged me letting me know that soon they were going to be coming out with a stick version. Sometime this year was the plan, I’m not certain how recent events have affected their time line, but I will be paying attention. I will keep my eyes peeled for that one to try out.
If it weren’t for the application, I would purchase this product. If they make this into a stick form and it performs the same way I will purchase it. I would not purchase the cream form again because as good as it is, I know I would not use it. If that doesn’t bother you and you are looking for a natural deodorant, then you might want to check this one out. Or wait for the stick version.
I had issues with the naked cosmetics lib scrub. I think that somehow it wasn’t mixed properly as the product looked separated. One section was dry sugar like granules and one was just oil. I tried stirring to blend, but it never quite worked for me. I don’t know if I just got a bad batch or what, but as much as I love lip scrubs, I have to give this one a pass.
As we continue with scrubs, the B Kind face scrub is one that I will be picking up. I received this in a Petit Vour box, tried it and loved it. I noticed a slightly waxy residue on my skin afterwards so I always used it as step one in my face wash routine rather than as a stand alone product, but it is very gentle and my skin felt amazing afterwards. If you are looking for vegan cruelty free skin care, this should be one you put on the list to try. As you can probably tell from the picture, I squeezed every drop of this product from the tube.
There is one toner in my empties bin this month and it is the Martian mattifying melting water gel toner from Sunday Riley. It was an interesting product to use and on the days where I felt super greasy it worked really well to reduce the oil on my face and reduce break outs. I couldn’t use it every day because it was too drying, but every once in a while it really did the trick on my breakouts. While I wouldn’t mind keeping it around, sadly I believe it has been discontinued.
Next I have two products from the brand Avette. Prior to this I tried a couple of their sheet masks and found them generally okay but nothing to really seek out. The first Avette product is the water Flash Coconut Water Cream and the other is the Fresh Clean Coconut Mild Foam Cleanser.
The Coconut water cream was okay, but not the best moisturizer I’ve used. I didn’t do a full review on it because the sample tube barely held enough product for three days of use. While that’s not a lot of time to see how skin care performs, I found that the overly faux coconut scent gave me a bit of a headache. Because of this I was not inclined to seek out a full sized version of the product. I’m not normally bothered by scents, but this one got to me.
It wasn’t as strong as the mild foam cleanser though. It was so faux coconut scented that it smelled super perfume-y. And it didn’t really wash away very cleanly. It left a residue on my skin that I didn’t care for. I know I said the B Kind scrub also left a residue but for me, the foaming cleanser is the last step of my face wash system. I start with either a cleansing balm or an oil to remove makeup, every couple of nights I’ll add an exfoliant and then I finish with a foaming cleanser before moisturizing. Having the foaming cleanser leave a residue was not good. Although really, it was the scent that got me. I didn’t care for the way the product worked but I absolutely hated the scent. To be honest I can’t recommend either of these products.
I will however recommend the two Volition Products in my empties bin this month. The Volition Celery Green Clean was an excellent day cream. I had to use a night cream a couple of times a week after days when I spent a long time outside, but it was a wonderfully light cream over all and I will definitely be picking up another jar.
I have to say as an aside, it is super satisfying to see an empty skin care jar. It just makes me feel like I’ve taken care of my skin. And speaking of jars, this one is nice heavy glass with a screw top lid so I will be soaking off the label and reusing the jar. It is only in the empties bin so I wouldn’t forget to mention it now that it is empty. It won’t be thrown away though.
As for the Volition luminizing shield in SPF 50, I ordered a second one as soon as this tube started feeling a little light. The replacement is actually due in this afternoon according to shipping so I won’t have long to go without this. It is an excellent light weight sunscreen that sits beautifully under my makeup. I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is now a summer staple. It has also become the product I compare other sunscreens to. From here on out it will be, is this sunscreen as good as Volition?
And that my darlings are all of the empties from July.
I would like to give an additional mention of one sheet mask I tried this month that I really think is worth mentioning. While I do a Face Mask Friday posts, I often apply sheet masks throughout the week. Some are good, some are bad and some do nothing that is actually noticable.
This was one of the good ones. It is the beaut green Firming Collagen Essence mask. It came in one of my FaceTory subscriptions and it was a good enough sheet mask that not only does it bear mentioning, but I have put it on my list to reorder.
My skin felt excellent after using it and I could actually feel a slight tightening in my skin. This is one of those masks I would definitely consider buying a large pack of and giving a full continued use test to see if there are any longer term results. With this mask it felt good enough on the skin that I actually think there might be some noticeable results. Perhaps that will be a future skin care test.
For now I will sign off and end this rather long post. I will take the Volition Celery Green cream jar out of the empties bin and set it aside to soak off the label so it can be put to another use. The I will divide the rest of the products into trash and recycling bins as appropriate. Then the empty bin will go back into the bathroom ready and waiting for August’s empties.
Morning my darlings, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I know we are just beginning August, but my July boxes came in late this month so there is one more to cover and that is the BoxyCharm Premium bag. I have to say, it didn’t entirely feel premium this month. But lets get into the items inside and well talk about them as we go.
First up is an Neon Orange Jelly pouch with pompoms (retail $20). Now I will say that with IPSY I get a makeup bag every month. So I’m not opposed to seeing a bag in a subscription box, but unless it is a really good bag, I tend to think of it as an add on, a bonus rather than an item. This month, the pouch counted as an item in my premium box.
I can’t say I am too happy about that, especially as the pompoms are small, cheap looking, and already beginning to fray. It’s an okay bag. Not my favorite as I generally find the ‘jelly’ plastic tends to split along the stitching after a few months of use. Had it been an extra item, I would have been okay with it, but it wasn’t.
Next up, I pulled out the Morphe and Manny MUA Glam Palette (retail $20). Okay first up, I really like Manny MUA. I find him fun and entertaining to watch. I’m not a big fan of Morphe. Politics aside, while their brushes are pretty nice, I don’t find their products to be that great in general.
I am just not a fan of their shadows. Plus, this was one of those palettes that was released and flopped big time, so seeing this in a subscription box sort of feels like someone hit a remainders sale. Morphe isn’t a brand I would expect to see in a premium box either.
Okay, don’t worry it isn’t all bleak.
The next product is definitely a premium product. It is the Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion (retail $40). Is it good lotion? Yes. Do I think it is over priced? Yes. Am I thrilled to get body lotion? Not really. However, I have had it before in a smaller sample and it is a good lotion. I like the pump and I will use it. I think for the price there should be a bit more product, but I like the product and will use it.
The next product I have very mixed feelings about. It is the Perricone MD No Makeup lipstick (retail $30). First of all it isn’t a lipstick, it is a tinted lip balm. Which I’m fine with, especially in the summer. But seriously, it’s not a lipstick. It is however one of the few lip balms that I will definitely say is well worth the $30 price.
I really like the brand Perricone, MD. I generally find their products to be good and work well with my skin. I’ve tried quite a few of their products over the years and I can’t think of a single one that I would not repurchase again.
However, my box looked a bit crunched. And not in a got banged up in the box during transport way, but in the clearance shelf of TJMaxx sort of way. But that is only the box.
The product was fine. My concern with it though is that the expiration date on the bottom of the product says that it is going to expire in December of this year. Which means it is not a new product and I have only 5 months to use it before it expires.
I’ve had Perricone lip products before and that is the one issue with them. They are great and hydrating, far more skin care than makeup, but when they expire, they expire. They are prone to mold and funky smells the closer you get to the expiration date. These are not products you buy back ups to stockpile, they are buy and use now sorts of things. Well worth using, but they are serious about the expiration date. So I’m going to make a concentrated effort to use it before then, but despite being an excellent brand, these issues don’t lend themselves to the premium feeling the box is going for.
Moving on we come to the Kenia Ontiveros Beauty Set and Define Kit (retail $42). Personally I like face kits like this and thought it would be interesting to try. It was in fact my selection item for this month. Admittedly, it wasn’t a good selection month. It was this palette or two other palettes from this brand or a Brows by Reema face kit, if I recall. This is the one I went for as it seemed like it had more products I would use.
I am looking forward to trying it out. I had not heard of the brand though, so I went and looked them up. I don’t mind new brands, I like learning about products I may not have picked up on my own, I consider that part of the fun of subscription boxes.
They did have this kit on their website though and it was offered for $42. It also had a mirror inside it, which this one doesn’t. Personally, I don’t really care about the mirror. I’m sure it made the package lighter and easier to produce in the quantities Boxy Charm required at a cost that was not prohibitive. But that’s also sort of bugging me as well. Since there is a clear difference between the ones offered for sale and the ones sent in BoxyCharm, should the retail price be listed as the same?
I don’t know. Personally I go back and forth in my mind about that. While I don’t think that the mirror contributes to the products, it does contribute to the packaging and packaging does help in many cases to determine price. When I look at the palette, given its size, and packaging, I have to say it feels more like it should be in the $20 range. It doesn’t feel like a $42 palette. So again I’m on the fence about this one. I put it in this week’s makeup bag so I will be using it and testing it out this week. Maybe it will astound me with it’s quality and I will be able to say the price is justified, maybe not. We shall see.
Finally, we come to the last product in the box. And I have to say I was very happy to see this product. No there isn’t a however, I was just happy. (see I told you it wasn’t all bleak) It was the Laura Geller Line N define Dual dimension eyeliner.(retail $24).
I have been wanting to try this one out for a while actually, I just kept getting eyeliners from boxes so I never felt like I ought to go out and buy one. This has the pen tip eyeliner on one end and a crayon style eyeliner on the other end. Its been a while, but I have used Laura Geller’s eyeliner’s before and really liked them so I am happy to try this one out as well.
So there we have the July Premium Boxy Charm box. For my $35 I received $176 worth of product. For Boxycharm premium that is a bit of a low return on investment. Usually the value is much higher In addition, there were some issues and the box really didn’t feel premium. I recognize that there are currently issues beyond their control, but this seemed a bit like poor decision making met shipping issues.
I will say that I am very excited about the selection I already made for August’s box and I hope the rest of the items that come in the box are just as nice. At the moment my plan is to keep my Boxycharm subscriptions through September. I want to see if Boxyluxe is actually worth keeping and if the onset of the pandemic was the reason for the last Boxes issues. I was hoping to start changing things around in January, but if the boxes don’t get better, I may be switching things around earlier. We shall see.
Today I used the Hawaiian Black Salt Peel off mask (deep Cleansing) from Freeman. This mask came to me via the July Glossy Box and the little pouch claims to have 3-4 uses in it. So first the official details about the mask. I know that a pack this size can be picked up at Target for $2.99 while a full sized tube is $4.29 at Ulta. (for some reason I couldn’t find a listing for the full size at Target).
According to the Ulta product page…
Boost your skincare routine with this detoxifying peel-off mask. Freeman’s Hawaiian Black Salt Peel-Off Mask helps to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin for a luminous complexion. Perfect for all skin types.
It’s a simple description. I will say it is more of a description than target had.
Freemans masks I am however quite familiar with. I used to have quite a collection of their tubes in my mask drawer. It has been a while since I purchased them however.I think they mostly fell out of my purchasing lists because target moved the shelf where they were placed so it is no longer in my direct line of sight. Anf to be honest that’s how I generally think of Freeman masks. They are masks I pick up if I see them but don’t really go out of my way to look for.
But like I said, its been a while since I’ve used them.
So what was this like?
First off I would say that if you are sensitive to scents, this mask (and all the other masks I’ve tried from them) might not be for you. It does have a strong scent. I’m not exactly certain what the scent is in this case. Maybe charcoal? I don’t know, I can’t really identify it. It doesn’t smell overly chemically, but it is strongly scented.
I applied a thin layer and let it dry as I would any peel off mask. I will say there is definitely enough product left in the packet for at least two more uses so to 3-4 uses on the label is something I would say is accurate.
And so we let the mask dry. I used the headphones again today instead of the candles and silence. The Offspring provided my mask relaxation music, in case you are curious. Not personally of course. There was no band visitation, just the i-pod. It probably indicates a personal flaw but the song Beheaded always makes me happy.
The mask dried well and didn’t take too long. As with all peel off masks, the thinner the layer you apply the quicker it dries. I will say it is not a solid sheet of black tar when I apply it. There are a lot of thinner bits. There is some pulling with the peel off and any peach fuzz is going to pull and hurt, but as far as peel off mask go, this wasn’t as painful as some I’ve used. When I tried the Hey Honey Take Away the Drama Mask I actually contemplated leaving it on my face and telling people I had a copper based skin disorder.
My skin once I did peel it off was amazing though.
Maybe the pain is a tradeoff. This didn’t hurt as much, but it also didn’t do as much. My skin felt fine after I removed it. I rinsed my face because it felt like there were small particles left behind. Some of the under the surface clogged pores look like they are closer to coming to the surface but are not quite there so that is something. Over all this is an okay mask. It falls into the category of I’ll use it, and possibly when on a Target run in the future I might toss it in the basket if it catches my eye, but I won’t seek it out.
Which sort of puts it in the realm of all other Freeman masks. It might be fun for a Saturday Spa day with the nieces, but it isn’t something I would turn to for serious skin care.
But I did enjoy the fifteen minutes of non-work relaxation on my Friday afternoon, and with luck the clogged pores along my face mask line will finally come to the surface this weekend so they can be dealt with. Since I’m only going as far as my backyard this weekend, my face gets a break from the mask and so I will be encouraging anything pore clearing before Monday. I hope whatever you have planned for the weekend is fun and fabulous as well.(or pore cleansing if you are in the same boat I am in.)
Welcome my darlings once again to The Make up bag. I hope you had a fantastic week. While I have been testing out new foundations fairly regularly for a while, some full sized and some only sample sized, I thought it was time to take a little break from the new and roll through some of the foundations that I enjoyed.
So I lined up all of the currently open foundations I have in a shade that works for me at the moment and a chose whichever one appealed most to me in the moment. I’ll be honest, it was a pretty close tie between the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity foundation Stick and the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation. Since I just used the Kristofer Buckle last week, I went with Pretty Vulgar and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed using it this week. The formula works well for me and went well with the ELF Puff Puff Primer I tried this week.
This particular ELF primer is a bit more moisturizer like than I anticipated, but it worked well. The link is to my full review if you’d like to get all the details, but I did enjoy the ELF Puff Puff Primer and will be keeping it in my rotation.
Making a continued appearance in my make up bag was the I heart Revolution Fixing spray in Peaches and Cream. I know I’ve talked about it a lot, but I do like it. I have about three week’s worth of product left in the bottle (as a best guess) so I will keep it around for a few more weeks in the hopes of finishing it out. It is nice, but it is an older product I’d like to finish out.
Speaking of peaches, This week’s eyeshadow palette was Peach Bellini from Makeup Geek. The link is for my full palette review. I really liked using the formula this week for a super simple low key week. The shadows were highly pigmented and easy to blend. Also the color scheme seems very summery to me.
Both of my powders this week were repeats The Ciate Everyday Vaccay was the loose powder and I have about three more weeks of use before it is empty so I will continue to use it until it is gone, then shift to other powders.
My pressed powder was the No.7 Perfect light in medium. It is very rapidly becoming one of my favorite pressed powders. I’m actually starting to see the outline of the pan below in the center. While I will continue to use up the ciate next week, I will be sending the No. 7 back to the dressing table and picking out another pressed powder to try.
There were three more repeats this week. The first is the Instant Age rewind Eraser from Maybelline which served as my concealer and eyelid primer. I really liked it in both capacities.
Also returning was the Eyeko Fat Black eyeliner. It is one of my favorites. Once in place, it doesn’t go anywhere and never seeps into my fine lines.
The final repeat was the Julep pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood. I don’t know if it actually reduces my pores as there are several other products between my pores and the blush, but it is an excellent blush. It is of the buildable variety rather than the highly pigmented, although you can deepen it a lot if you try.
I personally prefer my blush to be buildable and blendable, which this is. I believe Jlep is having a sale at the moment. I’ve liked every product I’ve tried from them. The products are easy to work with and the packaging is sleek and pretty.
I know packaging shouldn’t count as much, but it kinda does. At least with me. I know, it’s a personal flaw. But I do like the sleek design while my more practical side likes the fact that it is also quite sturdy.
And now for the new arrivals in my makeup bag. The first is the Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise palette. This palette had four shades of bronzer. Only one works on me as a bronzer. It is the third in the pan in case you are wondering.
The darker and lighter shades I could use as eyeshadows but not as bronzer. In the winter I might be able to use the second shade in the palette but that is about it. Truthfully, I don’t particularly care for these bronzers.
They oddly work really well as eyeshadows, but on the cheeks I found them a bit patchy and hard to blend. I might try working with it again, but I have much better formulas in my collection that I would rather use.
The Hourglass eyebrow pencil (shade soft brunette) also came in a Boxy Charm and I have to say, I really liked using it. I really liked the formula and I really liked the precision point. It is small enough that I could do really fine lines with it.
Do I like it as much as the Benefit Precisely My Brow?
If I had to choose between the two I would still choose the Benefit, but only by a small margin. I do like that it comes with a spoolie on the end. I will happily use this for a while. Between it and the Il Makiage pencil I received from IPSY, I won’t have to buy an eyebrow pencil for a while. And then I have my wet ‘n wild brow kit powder. So I am set for brows. I really did enjoy the hourglass this week so I think I might just have to keep it around for a second week.
Really quickly I wanted to mention the So eco shading brush that came in my Look Fantastic box this month. I added it to my makeup bag and I think it is going to remain in my bathroom brush jar for a while. With the Makeup Geek Shadows the easiest way to work with them because they were so highly pigmented was to take a flat brush and set the shadow on the eye at the spot I wanted it to be darkest and then blend with a fluffy brush. This week I used the So Eco brush as the flat brush and it worked really well. The indentations in the handle were perfect for gripping and the bristles are really high quality. So two thumbs up for Look Fantastic.
Unfortunately I did not have as good a luck with the Palm Balm from Beauty crop that came in this month’s Glossy Box. I added both it and the Milk makeup Lip and Cheek stick to my bag this well. I figured since I had already used the Julep before and loved it, I would keep it as a back up and see if either of these two products worked. Both the Palm Balm and the Milk Lip and cheek are designed to be products you can use on, you guessed it lip and cheek.
The Palm balm comes in a nice little glass pot and in the pan it is really stiff. I had to rub my finger over it a lot just to warm it up enough to stick to my finger. On the cheek it goes on okay, but it really hard to bend out. It really wants to stay in whatever position you place it in first. When blending, I felt less like I was blending and more like I was scrubbing it off.
Anytime I tried it as a cheek product it ruined any other product I already had on my cheeks. It worked better on bare skin, but I don’t know if that was just me rubbing it off or not. On the lips it was interesting. It gave my lips a nice tint and like the cheeks, once applied it wasn’t going anywhere. It lasted the whole day as a light blush of color.
However it was also very drying. Once I applied it I had to wait a moment and then top it with a Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm to keep my lips from drying and falling off my face. With the lip balm protector it was fine. Without it, I crumbled to dust.
The Milk Makeup Lip and Cheek also did not work on my cheeks. It went on well but blended away to nothing with the first touch. However it made an excellent lip balm. It provided a light my lips but better tint and it kept my lips hydrated and moisturized. I really enjoyed it and will keep it in my collection for my lips. I won’t use it on my cheeks, but my lips love it. The Palm Balm will not be staying in my collection long.
I did have two more lip products in my bag this week. Although I did wear the Kristofer Buckle Bardot for National Lipstick day, it wasn’t officially in my bag this week. This week I mostly used the Lorac Alter Ego Hydrating lip stain in Breadwinner and the OFRA liquid lip in the shade Pasadena.
Breadwinner is a light wash of color that feels comfortable on the lips and is really easy to wear. I enjoyed it very much. It doesn’t dry out the lips and is as hydrating as it claims. It is not an all day color though.
On the days I wore it, I had to apply it when I finished my coffee and again after lunch. It does wear off if you are eating or drinking, but it is a formula that is really nice if you want just a light wash of color that you don’t have to worry about. It didn’t get on my teeth and it didn’t leave lip prints everywhere. It will definitely make a reappearance in my makeup bag.
OFRA’s Pasadena will also make a return. It is a nice neutral lip that works well for me. So often neutral lipsticks either blend my lips into my face or just look brown. This has just enough pin in it to work for me. While the all day formula does stay all day and wasn’t drying on the lips, it does feel just a little bit sticky. It wasn’t terribly bad and because of the color I will keep it around.
The one I have is a trial sized liquid lip rather than a full sized. I like everything about it except the slight stickiness. If I can find another long wearing liquid lip in this shade that doesn’t have the stickiness, I would buy that. I think the stickiness is the result of it never drying down completely. If I can’t find this shade in another formula that I like better, I will purchase a full sized version of this. I know that is a strange answer. It is a good formula that I don’t mind wearing, but I am hoping to find better. However I am not certain I can find better. Perhaps that is a better way to put that.
Finally we come to one of my favorite items, the mascara. I went with the tart Gifted mascara this week. Tarte’s mascaras are always hit or miss with me. There are a couple I really like and a couple I find to be just okay. This one has a thinner, straight wand and I have to say I really liked it. It made my lashes look longer and it lasted all day without any sort of flaking or smearing. To be honest, I like it almost as much as my Kevyn Aucoin. I know gasp. But don’t worry, my two favorites are still Marc Jacobs and Butter London. It just bumps The Expert Kevyn Aucoin down a notch on the fav scale. Not by much, just a little. In a horse race it would still be a photo finish.
Alright, well that was my makeup bag for this week. I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing it. As usual next week will feature a brand new bag of makeup for me to try. Some will be old favorites and some new finds. With luck some of my new finds will be good enough to become old favorites. But now it is back to work for me. I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Face Mask Friday post.