Mask Monday: Cosmedix Detox Activated Charcoal Mask

Claims
–Draw out pore-clogging dirt, oil, and daily impurities
–Does the dirty work with gentle, effective ingredients
–Not over drying
–Exfoliates to help smooth skin texture
–Cleanse away pollutants
–Ideal for even the most sensitive skin

Price
–$54 at cosmedix.com

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Gentle enough for sensitive skin
–Leaves skin soft and plump

Cons
–Full size is expensive
–Not readily available :: online or select spas

Final Thoughts
I got this in a Boxycharm and it is a good mask. It’s not overly powerful for drawing out impurities like my beloved GlamGlow, but it’s more gentle than GG. I will use this one up, but I wouldn’t buy the full size.

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Trash Talk II

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I’ve shared empties posts a few times before, but if you’re new to empties, here’s the skinny–these are products that I completely used up. I give mini reviews and tell whether or not I would repurchase. It’s a good way to sort the good from the bad and see what’s worth buying and what you can skip.

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MAKEUP

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SKINCARE

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MISC

  • Up & Up Cotton Rounds
    • Necessity for me
    • Repurchased
  • Large Cotton Balls
    • I prefer cotton rounds, but somehow ended up with these
    • Would not repurchase, prefer the rounds
  • Leopard Print Q-Tips
    • Wish I could find the leopard print aging, but I haven’t seen any since I bought these
    • Repurchased plain boring ones
  • Daylogic Solid Brush Cleaner
    • My favorite affordable brush soap
    • I can only find it at Rite Aid and their stores are closing
    • Would/will repurchase when/if I can find it
  • Rubbing Alcohol
    • Use this to clean my brushes, helps break down product that is caked and built up in the bristles
    • Repurchased
  • Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser
    • Loved this, worked really well
    • Would repurchase
  • Dial White Tea Hand Soap
    • Love the scent and it’s cheap
    • Repurchased
  • Contact Solution
    • I always buy the store brand. I think they all work the same.
    • Repurchased
  • Crest 3D White Toothpaste
    • Always buy some kind of Crest whitening toothpaste
    • Repurchased

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HAIR/SHOWER 

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SAMPLES

  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders
    • I know so many people RAVE about these powders, but I found them to be too glittery
    • Would not purchase
  • Sephora Collection Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Cream
    • Did the job, but didn’t knock my socks off
    • Would not purchase
  • GlamGlow Dream Duo Overnight Transforming Treatment
    • I’m going to assume that this a product you have to repeatedly before you notice a difference
    • Expensive
    • Would not purchase because of price
  • Beauty County Rejuvenating Day Cream
    • Really liked this–hydrating, but not too heavy or emollient
    • Expensive AF
    • Would not purchase because of price
    • I really want to try more Beauty Counter products but it’s all so dang pricey
  • Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
    • Awesome makeup remover
    • Similar, more affordable products that do the same thing
    • Would not purchase because of price
  • belif Aqua Bomb
    • This moisturizer is very similar to my beloved Neutrogena Hydro Boost. Obvi, the Neutrogena is my favorite and is so much cheaper
    • I like this, but prefer my Neutrogena
    • Would not purchase because of price

 

You can read other Empties posts here, here, and here.

Mask Monday: Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure

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Claims
–Eliminate impurities
–Instant complexion perfection
–Clear clogged pores

Price
–$6.99 for 3.4 oz at Ulta, Target, and formula1006.com
–$2.99 for 1 oz at Ulta & Target

Pros
–Ingredients :: salicylic acid, bentonite
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Doesn’t claim to be hydrating, but I found it to be
–Skin felt clear and clean without feeling stripped
–Packaging :: squeeze tube, mess free

Cons
–Don’t love strawberry scented things
–Cruelty free status unclear

Final Thoughts
I loved the slight tingle and heat, it made me feel like it was working. My skin felt so plump and hydrated after rinsing. I was really impressed with this mask and would love to try more products from the line. I purchased the travel size to test and I wouldn’t buy the full size because of the scent, but the actual product is good!

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Hauled it…how was it?

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A few weeks ago, I shared a HAUL. I actually purchased these products and started using them before that post went up, so I’ve had plenty of time to test all these products out and form opinions on them.

Keep reading to see which products I liked and which ones were a bust!

Side Note: I love watching Haul videos on YouTube, but hate when there is no follow up. I’m over here wondering if those products worked out. Were they good? Do I need it? Should I avoid it? HELP A GIRL OUT. LET ME KNOW.

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  • Prep & Blur Stick, $8
    • Repurchase
    • Blurs pores really well
    • LOVE
  • Jelly Highlighter in Bubbly, $6
    • This WILL NOT blend over powder. Most creams don’t, but I forgot to use it and wanted to try it anyway, major mistake.
    • I put on my foundation, tap this on my cheekbones, and set with translucent powder. You can still the highlight peeking through.
    • I apply a powder highlighter on top and you get BLINDED. You can certainly skip adding the powder highlight if you want something more natural.
    • LOVE
  • Color Correcting Stick in Correct Dark Circles Light, $4
    • Creamy
    • A little too dark for me, but I can make it work
    • VERY pigmented, just need a little
    • Easy to blend
    • LOVE
  • Brow Gel, $5
    • Note as good as my beloved Tarte gel
    • Will use on days where I don’t want to take the time to use a pencil, but want some color
    • When I do my brows, I start with a tinted brow gel and then fill in with a pencil. You can’t do that with this one. This gel and a pencil just don’t work well together.
  • Poreless Putty, $8
    • Everyone is LOSING THEIR MINDS over this primer because it’s supposed to be a dupe for the Tatcha primer.
    • This provides a good, smooth canvas for foundation, but it didn’t do much for my pores.
    • It also wasn’t cute on my dry skin. I used it all over and only around my nose where my pores are larger and it just wasn’t a good look for me.
  • Eye Makeup Remover Balm, $4
    • Perfect for removing stubborn liner and mascara
    • Run over my lash line and wipe all the makeup my initial remover missed
    • LOVE this
  • Solid Brush & Sponge Cleanser, $4
    • This is just as good as more expensive solid cleansers
    • Will be buying several of these next time I order
    • LOVE
  • Smoothing Eye Serum, $8
    • I keep it in my mini fridge so metal rollers stay cool which helps depuff
    • Hydrates and smooths
    • LOVE

Wet n Wild


My friend Owen delivered her sweet, identical twin girls at 24 weeks. She and I have several mutual friends, but got to know each other through blogging. She is so sweet and has the cutest little family. Her sweet girls, Molly & Lucy, are in the NICU and have a long road ahead before they can join their parents and older sister, Vivian, at home.

A PayPal was started to help with expenses and if you have it in your heart to donate, you can use this link. If you aren’t able to donate, prayers are always welcomed and completely free. I know God has a special plan for these girls!

Mask Monday: LOreal Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort

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Claims
–Non-drying formula
–Cleanses and captures impurities
–Evens skintone
–Leave skin feeling clean, soft, and comforted

Price
–$6.50 at Ulta
–$6.59 at Target
–$12.99 at Walgreens
–$8.67 at Wal Mart
–1.7 oz

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Good ingredients i.e. titanium dioxide
–Didn’t leave skin feeling dry or stripped
–Skin felt soft and supple after use
–Quality packaging
–Lots of product for the price

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
I’ve tried the other masks from this line and really liked them so I figured this one would be good too and it is! I found this at TJ Maxx for $4.50 so I figured I had nothing to lose by buying and trying. Clay masks are good for drawing out impurities and unclogging pores, but they can be drying. This mask wasn’t, but if you have dry skin like me, I would only use one or two times a week. I will definitely be incorporating this to my skincare routine weekly.

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Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops

Claims
–Lit-from-within glow
–Even skin tone & texture
–Moisturizes for a full 48 hours

Price
–$19.99 at Ulta
–$17.99 at Target
–$23.99 at Walgreens
–$17.95 at Wal Mart
–$3.99 trial size available at Ulta

Pros
–Mini option available to try
–Non-comedogenic
–Paraben free
–Phthalate free
–Pretty packaging
–Multi-use product (can use alone or mixed with other products)
–Smells good
–Made my skin glow
–Easily accessible
–Affordable

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
This is my new skincare must have. I loved mixing this with my moisturizer for added hydration and glow. I dot my moisturizer on my face and then drop a few drops of this and rub it all in. It makes my skin SO soft and hydrated. I got the trial size initially, but have since purchased the full size. I don’t like to mix oils into my foundation or apply foundation on top of an oil so this is a good product to have on hand. It basically does the same thing, just in a different formula.

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I tried mixing this with the Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation. I love the coverage of this foundation, but it looks awful on my dry skin. Adding in the glow drops helped it look better, but it still didn’t look great. Improvement is good, but unfortunately this foundation is just a no go for me. The other foundations I use are more hydrating so I haven’t tried mixing it in with those as I don’t really need the added hydration.

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Mask Monday: Aveeno Pretox Antioxidant Peel Off Face Mask

Claims
–Gently exfoliates and helps remove impurities
–Reveals renewed, refreshed skin
–Hypoallergenic
–Non-comedogenic

Price
–$3.29 at Ulta (one time use packet) 0.35 oz
–$10.99 at Ulta for full size 2.0 oz
–$9.99 at Walgreens 

Pros
–Affordable
–Paraben free
–Phthalate free
–Non-comedogenic
–Smells good
–Easy to apply
–Left my skin feeling soft & smooth
–Pretty purple color

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
I freaking LOVE this mask. It smells good and is such a pretty purple! I don’t know about the exfoliate and remove impurities part, but it did leave my skin feeling SO soft. I have one peel off mask that I need to finish up, but when it’s gone, I will definitely be buying the full size.

Pro tip when applying peel off masks–Apply Vaseline to your brows. The mask won’t stick to the Vaseline so if you accidentally get some in the brow area, it won’t pull the hair when you peel the mask off. 

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