SKIN & CO: Luxury Skincare Brand Now At Ulta

So lets just get this out first. Ulta Beauty is stepping up their game this year and I am not mad one bit about it. I have always been a huge Ulta fan due to the fact that I personally prefer their rewards program over Sephora and they have drugstore options (you know I love my beauty steals!).  However sometimes the variety at Ulta is just not there for higher end beauty as it is for Sephora. Well beauty lovers look no further because Ulta’s  skincare section just got a face lift by adding in SKIN & CO.

So who are SKIN & CO you ask?  The Company started in 1928 in Italy when a “woman discovered the potent enzymes contained in Black Winter Truffle found in Umbria, Italy. Today that secret formula is kept in a small village in central Italy. They call it ……. The Buried Treasure” Sounds fabulous right? Well it is! Skincare has become such a passion of mine. Even though my skin is sensitive and can react to most products I still love to keep trying as I have learned what my triggers are or what to look out for. When I see results it feeds into my addiction that much more. I want tell you all about the SKIN & CO truffle therapy formula products  and give you product break down with my review.

Products:

  • TRUFFLE THERAPY FACE TONER
  • TRUFFLE THERAPY SERUM
  • TRUFFLE THERAPY EYE CONCENTRATE

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Truffle Therapy Face Toner:  I have not tried many toners as they always seem to dry out my skin or have ingredients in them that will react with my skin (insert Alcohol here) This toner is special let me tell you.  With rave reviews online I had high hopes and it holds true to the reviews. Not only does this cleanse your skin it also does magic on your pores. I have combination skin so this means my T Zone on my face gets oily. Naturally my nose gets build up that I can feel when I wash my face ect. but after using this toner that build up has decreased significantly.

Per the Ulta Beauty Website: “Not your traditional face toner! We have created this toner to cleanse and purify the skin deeply. Formulated with natural extracts of Truffle, Calendula, Rose and Rosemary, we have created a blend to purify pores, while contributing the antiseptic powers of Witch Hazel and Sage to remove dead skin and bacteria to prevent future breakouts, and boosting the skin with extra antioxidants. A toner is an essential part of your beauty routine for healthy, youthful looking skin.

Truffle Therapy Serum:   All three products have this heavenly scent but its not heavy. The serum is a 2 in 1 product. It has a milky texture that gives your skin the hydration it needs to reveal more supple skin. However the serum sinks right in which then creates a matte finish and will serve as a primer for your makeup. Ummmm yes please!!! Who doesn’t love a beauty multitasking product?! 

Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate: Oh eye creams how I love thee. If you missed my latest skincare post on eye creams worth the splurge you can see it here.  This eye cream will be added to that blog post as this eye cream is splurge worthy let me tell you! The scent is just heavenly with a texture that is so creamy and hydrating. A little goes a long way for me so you know you are getting your money worth with this one! I have been using it both at night and during the day and I have found my concealer to apply beautifully. If a eye cream is hydrating off the bat its a keeper in my book.

Per the Ulta Website: “the Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate is formulated to the hydrate and nourish the delicate eye area, as well as tighten and smooth for a more youthful appearance. Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate works best as part of the SKIN&CO Truffle Therapy regimen to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and reveal toned, radiant, healthy looking skin”

SKIN & CO products are all made in Italy and can now be found on ultabeauty.com and will be available in stores starting this summer.  I would recommend to check the brand out to see for your self. Out of all three products above I have to say the toner stands out for me. It really has given my skin texture around my nose area a big boost and no other toner has been able to cleanse and purify that area this much.  I would love to hear your thoughts on these products if you have tried them or what skin care products you are loving right now? I have so many skin care products I want to try but so happy to have had the opportunity to review these and have acquire them into my beauty routine.

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by SKIN & CO. All thoughts and opinions are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You so much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio.

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Eye Creams Worth The Splurge: Day and Night

With so many Eye Creams on the market it is hard to tell which ones are worth the splurge. Skincare has easily become one my newest beauty addiction next to concealers (stay tuned I am testing out concealers for a future post) When it comes to beauty I will pay a heavier price tag if it works. Who doesn’t love a good investment?!!? When you search eye creams you will find many articles regarding if this step in your beauty routine is even worth it and I am here to say in my opinion it is! My skin has changed so much in recent years insert aging and kids here lol However once I started paying attention to my skincare routine and saw real results I have become obsessed! Who else is addicted to skincare? There are so many products on my skincare list to buy……Drunk Elephant I am coming for you!!!!

Since blogging I have been very fortunate to have received different types of skincare products from drugstore brands to high end skincare for reviewing purposes.  With my eye area not having any real reactions to different creams its easy for me to test multiple products in a faster amount of time. So I am here to tell you the eye creams I have tried that are worth the splurge and are in my daily skincare routine and or in my skincare rotation.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: I use this at night for hydration. My eyes have gotten so dry and I find the more hydrated they are the more awake I look and the better my concealer applies. Since its formulated with avocado oil this fatty acid helps restore the skin’s natural moisture. When it comes to Kiehl’s products you don’t need a lot of product so your money stretches ALOT!

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate: Again a little goes a long way with this eye cream so dont let price tags fool you especially with Kiehls. The products work and last. The Midnight Recovery Cream is filled with essential oils that will help with fine lines, dark circles & puffiness. I like to switch this off with my Avocado cream. Sometimes I layer lol!!

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm: Ok so this one is pricey howeverrrrr again a little goes a long way. I have been using this since January almost everyday for my day eyecream and I have half of it left.  Here is how its described on Ulta’s website “…nourishing eye cream that visibly diminishes signs of aging around the eyes, while decreasing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Alguronic Acid combined with vitamin C, caffeine, as well as cucumber, aloe and green tea extracts help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps nourish and hydrate the eye area for a recharged and rejuvenated appearance” I will say I have seen results and it makes concealer go on like a dream!

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff: I bought this immediately after seeing a YouTube review and fell in love!!! This will INSTANTLY brighten your eye area. I desperately needed something after my son was born because I was not sleeping and my eyes looked horrible. Its a face lift for your eyes no joke! It literally Depuffs and brightens. It just works. Period!
NEW Origins A Perfect World SPF 20 Age-Defense Eye Cream with White Tea: Another winner from Origins which is another fav skincare brand of mine. This brightens instantly, gives hydration and has a creamy texture that allows for amazing concealer application. Here is the information directly from Ulta’s website: “Help prevent the damage you can’t see yet! Origins lightweight, hydrating treatment with antioxidant-rich white tea instantly renews and brightens under eyes while providing irritation-free SPF protection. It helps defend the delicate eye area and neutralize the damaging effects of UV, Infrared Rays (IR), pollution and environmental aggressors. Plus, barrier-boosting edelweiss helps strengthen skin to prevent premature signs of aging. Oil-free. Broad spectrum 100% mineral, irritation-free SPF 20”

Olay Eyes De-Puffing Eye Roller: You instantly feel the magic of the rollers and massaging them on your skin feels amazing. My eyes do tend to be puffy in the morning in general but after rough nights of sleep (mom life!) they are extra puffy. You can see and feel the results!

Klorane BB Eye Cream with Soothing Cornflower: I was pleasantly surprised by this eye cream. It has a roller and is a BB cream (who knew that existed for the eyes??!!) It battles puffiness and dark circles and it does just that. This is another cream that instantly brightens and opens the eye in the morning.

Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate:  This eye cream is splurge worthy let me tell you! The scent is just heavenly with a texture that is so creamy and hydrating. A little goes a long way for me so you know you are getting your money worth with this one! I have been using it both at night and during the day and I have found my concealer to apply beautifully. If a eye cream is hydrating off the bat its a keeper in my book. Per the Ulta Website: “the Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate is formulated to the hydrate and nourish the delicate eye area, as well as tighten and smooth for a more youthful appearance. Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate works best as part of the SKIN&CO Truffle Therapy regimen to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and reveal toned, radiant, healthy looking skin”

As you can see I have a theme here HYDRATION & BRIGHTEN! If a eye cream does not give me an instant lift in the morning it gets pushed to the side and at night I need to feel the hydration working for it to remain in my rotation. For night I have only found the two Kiehl’s eye creams to work for me so far. With day eye creams these 5 have held their promises and are in constant rotation. If you are in need of hydration or to look more awake in the morning you can not go wrong with any of these fabulous options and even though they may have a larger price tag they will last and be worth your investment.

Let me know what your favorite eye creams are in the comments below.

DISCLAIMER: Some products listed in this post were sent for reviewing purposes. As always thoughts are my own and honest.  Links associate with BPAMC may be affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio. 

MultiMisting with Pixi Beauty: Why you need all four Pixi Mists

If something will make my skin look dewy, hydrated or glowy (I know its not a word but work with me here) I will try it! I prefer my skin to be dewy even though I have combination skin which means my T – Zone gets oily.  If you are anything like me keep reading to find out why you need all 4 Pixi Mists. All four Pixi Mists can be found at select Target Stores, Target Online and www.pixibeuaty.com. They retail for $15.00 and there are 4 to choose from however you can use these together to create the perfect #multimisting experience. Lets take a look at what each one does per the Pixi Beauty Website.

Makeup Fixing Mist (after makeup to set and hydrate)
• Prolongs makeup wear and keeps it from moving, melting, and settling into fine lines or pores
• The rose water and green tea infused formula comforts, protects and balances skin for a fresh face
• Extends and refreshes makeup, hydrates and balances
• Sets makeup adds a soft-focus finish
This Mist is very similar to the MAC FIX Plus Spray (which is a holy grail product for me. See it here) You can use the Makeup Fixing Mist to set your makeup, hydrate or refresh your skin & even spray on your makeup brushes to intensify pigments and to prolong wear makeup application
Glow Mist (am & pm or when needed)
• Gives a glowing, luminous and smooth complexion
• Enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts
• Hydrates, protects and nourishes
• Sets makeup, adds a dewy finish and protects skin
• Refreshes makeup, hydrates and adds glow
Glow mist is a must have for summer. Who doesn’t want to glow in the summer? This gives you a perfect dewy glow! Yes PLEASE!!!!
• Boosting Treatment Toner mist gives a revitalized awakened effect to complexion
• The orange blossom water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavender, and arginine
• Strengthens and tones
• Adds hydration and a protective veil
• Cools, refreshes, & wakes up skin
My skin seriously wakes up after I spray this on. I have used it at night and in the morning for an extra boost and it smells amazing!
Hydrating Milky Mist (am & pm or when needed)
• This featherlight mist provides an instant surge of hydration with hyaluronic acid to plump skin
• A blend of black oat, provitamin A, and linoleic acid makes this rejuvenator the perfect first layer of moisture before serums or makeup
I have sprayed this on before and after makeup and love it!!! It gives that extra boost of hydration my skin needs right now!
Pixi Mists
If you are looking to add some glow or hydration into your skincare routine and or makeup routine these are the facial mists for you! Its hard to say which one I would say to start with because I love them all for so many different reasons but I will try to make this simple.
Need extra hydration? = Hydrating Milky Mist
Want a dewy glow? = Glow Mist
Need a pick me up? = Vitamin Wake Up Mist 
Does your face need a pick me up after makeup application? = Makeup Fixing Mist
Would love to know how you are using these mists if you have them or which ones you are thinking about picking up! Let me know in the comments below.
*Pixi Beauty generously sent these to BPAMC. As always thoughts and opinions are my own & honest. Some links associated with Beauty Products Are My Cardio are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to BPAMC

NEW Origins Face Wash: Active Charcoal To Clear Pores

Origins has been a favorite skincare brand of mine for about 10 years now. Most products I have tried and used do what they say and do not irritate my skin in any way, which is always my biggest struggle with finding skincare. I have used the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and love it! Its a best seller for a reason (hint if you have not tried it you should) When I received the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder I was so intrigued for multiple reasons! One since I love the Mask I thought okay this has got to be good. Two its a powder and that is very new to me and three my pores have been looking quite gross as of late.

Per the Origins website: “See pore-fectly pure skin in just 7 days! This concentrated powder water-activates into a creamy, effervescent cleanser. Ultra-absorbent Bamboo Charcoal clears pores of deep-dwelling dirt, debris and toxins. While the exfoliating formula buffs away dull, dead cells. Skin feels soft, smooth and completely refreshed”

So does this active charcoal cleansing powder do what it promises to do?

Active Charcoal, Origins Charcoal Mask

Active Charcoal, Origins, Origins Charcoal mask

YES! My pores in just a little over a week are visibly smaller and look less gross LOL! On top of that my skin feels smoother and looks less dull! The only trouble I had at first was determining how much product to use but you only need a small amount to get the job done. The above picture is the right amount for me. I add water and start rubbing my hands together to create the creamy cleanser. One thing to remember: less water = more exfoliation. So on some days I do this when I can tell my skin needs a bit more scrubbing! My skin type is combo with dry skin on my cheeks and side of forehead with an oily T Zone.  Therefore my T Zone typically suffers the most with unwanted clogged pores due to the oiliness.

I have been using this cleanser in conjunction with my La Roche – Posay cleanser which I absolutely LOVE by the way.  I switch off between morning and night with both and its just working. When you see results on your skin its such a good feeling. Since my skin is loving it I am going to add in the Origins Charcoal Mask in my rotation to combat my pores to the max hehe! I have tried many face washes before and this is by far the best for pores in my opinion.

What face washes are you loving? What are your must have products to combat pores? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

*BPAMC was sent this cleansing powder as a PR Sample. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support

Active Charcoal

Olay Eyes Collection

“Introducing The Olay Eyes, a collection designed to treat the 5 eye aging patterns that affect 95% of woman. Whether your concern is dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, sagging or all of it, Olay now has a solution to making your eyes look ageless” If you have been following my skincare journey you know that my eyes have been such a problem area. Dark Circles, Puffiness and dryness all came with a vengeance after my son was born! Trying out eye products has been something I have fallen in love with because typically no matter the ingredient I typically have no reactions so its fun to see what works and what does not! To read other skincare blog posts see them here, here and here.

When I received this package from Olay three products instantly stood out to me. I will include a mini review with them along withe the product breakdown of this fabulous collection!  Lets get started!!!

The Ultimate: Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream

  • Dark Circles
  • Wrinkles
  • Puffiness
  • Supercharged with peptides & vitamins
  • Color Correcting technology

This is super creamy and moisturizing and does indeed give you some color under your eyes to hide dark circles. I really didn’t notice a difference in puffiness but over time the look of my eyes looked more awake!

Shop Here

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The Brightener: Olay Eyes Illuminating Eye Cream

  • Dark Circles
  • dual swirl formula
  • light reflecting pigments
  • gel to moisturize

This has a subtle illuminating affect and does make your under eyes appear brightened. I would mix this one with the Ultimate eye cream for maximum affect. However I do prefer my Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream  over these as it just worked better for me.

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The Depuffer: Olay Eyes De-Puffing Eye Roller

  • Eye bags
  • Instantly Reduces puffiness
  • precision micro rollers that cool & massage skin

Out of all the 3 I tried this was my favorite. You instantly feel the magic of the rollers and massaging them on your skin feels amazing. My eyes do tend to be puffy in the morning in general but after rough nights of sleep (mom life!) they have become worse! You can see the results and feel the results. I will be repurchasing this product!

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Olay Eyes

The next two I did not try. I felt the problem areas these two eye creams tackle were for more mature skin so I gave them to my mother in law and just like me she is an avid Olay user and fan!

The Smoother: Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment

  • Deep Wrinkles
  • Patent Formula
  • Pro – Retinol
  • Diminishes crows feet in just 4 weeks  – Shop Here

The Lifter: Olay Eyes Lifting Serum

  • Sagging Skin
  • Advanced Amino-Peptide complex
  • Hydrates to plump
  • Firmer skin in 2 week –  Shop Here

Have you tried any of these Olay Eyes products? I would love to know what has worked for you or what eye creams you just can not live without!!! Let me know in the comments below.

 

*This collection was generously sent to my by Olay, as always opinions and thoughts are my own. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seoul Mamas: Sheet Masks Review

Seoul Mamas mission is to ” hydrate and soften your skin; to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and provide intense hydration to improve overall skin tone” This is what we all want right?  If you are looking for sheet masks that do just that for your skin, look no further.

In case you are new to this Korean beauty product, a sheet mask is a simple and easy way to treat your skins needs. You place the mask on your face and leave it on for 10-20 min while you sit back and relax. When you are done you take it off and throw it away. That’s it!! No mess of the mask getting all over your skin, on your hands or on your face towels. This is the exact reason why I love sheet masks so much. No mess and no fuss!

Sheet Masks

Sheet Masks

The Seoul Mamas Sheet Masks are made from 100% bamboo material and the ingredients for the serum are:

  • Caviar extract (filled with vitamins and minerals)
  • Hyaluronic acid (one of the biggest trends in skincare right now because it works!)
  • Apple and wild cherry fruit extract (filled with vitamin C and antioxidants)
  • Chamomile flower (helps with dark spots from sun damage)

A couple things they are NOT made with are Parabens and Sulfates which is a huge plus in my book. I am not 100% paraben free as I have discussed in previous skin care posts however I do believe parabens are a trigger for my redness & breakouts in my skin.

Sheet Masks

You can find the sheet masks on Seoul’s website here. They are sold for $8.00 per sheet mask (you all know I love a beauty product that is $10 or less)  or a box of 5 for $35, which is a great deal. The packaging is beautiful and sturdy and the sheet masks works. They have hydrated my skin and left my skin texture looking smoother and younger.

Do you want a chance to win a pack of 5 for yourself? There will be two winners!!

The rules for the giveaway are simple:

  • Must be following me on Instagram
  • Tag a friend on the picture posted on my instagram page
  • In the comments below tell me why you want to win
  • Giveaway will end 12/6 at 5pm CST

That is it!!! Good Luck!!!

*** This is a sponsored post and giveaway by Seoul Mamas. As always opinions and thoughts are honest and 100% my own***

 

 

 

Mario Badescu: Online Skin Analysis & Free Samples

An online skin analysis by Mario Badescu and then free samples sent to your door? YES PLEASE!!!! I had no clue Mario Badescu offered this service and I am so happy I came across it. As you know I am going through a skincare journey and its a slow process. I have to give my skin time to breathe in between trying products (especially when I break out) and I need to give it time to see if the product actually works for me.  If you are interested in reading some of my previous skin care posts you can read them here & here. So while I was researching skin care I went to Mario Badescu direct website. Although Ulta Beauty offers the line there is still something exciting about going to the direct source and I am so glad I did.

Once I completed the skin analysis I had no idea I would get sent the samples until I received an email asking for my address. Once I saw that I decided I was going to put it to the test and do it two more times. I answered the questions a bit differently each time but still pertaining to my skin. I do get texture but not all the time so that is the subject area I answered differently. Mario Bedescu sent me out two packages with samples per my skin analysis results. One I had sent to my house, one to my parents house but the one I did for my work never arrived. Not sure if they caught on lol or it just didn’t make it to my office. Either way this is a service you MUST TRY!!!!!

Click here for the link to the skin analysis

Lets talk about the samples I was sent per my Skin Analysis. There were some hits and some misses. The first thing I noticed was the product guide I received. Mario Badescu makes finding skin care extremely simple. Everything is labeled by skin type (dry, oily, sensitive, all ect ) which I find so helpful. I looked through my samples and then referenced them in the guide to see what they they claim to do.

Mario Badescu Skin Care

The first thing on my list to try was the Seaweed Night Cream since when this arrived I was searching for the perfect night cream. As you can see on the packet its listed for Combo, Oily and Sensitive skin which is me 🙂  Per the Mario Badescu website: “Wake up with radiant—never oily—skin. Mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract softens and nourishes skin as powerful, moisture-binding ingredients effectively hydrate without the use of pore-clogging oils. Plumping Collagen and Elastin help further enhance skin’s tone and texture, revealing a silky-smooth complexion come morning”

I LOVED the way this cream made my skin feel but it made my skin itch near my jaw line. This is a sure sign for me the product is not going to work for me. I was so upset because it was not heavy but moisturizing and left my skin feeling sooooo smooth in the morning. This does contain parabens so that may be why as I am realizing parabens can be a trigger for me.

Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream

The next product I tried was the Hyaluronic Eye Cream. WOW WOW WOW. I will be buying the full size. Even though it contains parabens as well it did not bother the skin around my eyes. This eye cream is incredibly moisturizing and allows concealer to go on like a dream and it most certainly made the area around my eyes smoother. A little goes a long way which is important to me and mainly my wallet.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream

Another unfortunate miss was the face scrubs. Not only did they break me out, I just did not feel that they worked in terms of exfoliating.

Mario Badescu Kiwi Scrub / Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub

The hype is real about this drying lotion and this is another product I will be purchasing. Whether you have a random blemish or its that time of the month this lotion is a life saver! Since having my son blemishes occur at random for me now so it wasn’t long before I put this to the test. I put the drying lotion on my blemishes at night and by morning they were TINY and DRY!!!! It was enough proof to show me why people rave about this product and how its award winning.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I was so impressed with this service by Mario Badescu and I recommend it 100%. If you have tried this service I would love to hear your thoughts and experience in the comments.

What is your favorite MB product? The Rose Water spray is a must have!!!!!

UPDATE SKINCARE ROUTINE: Hits and Misses

I know its been a while since I have given a skincare update.  Unfortunately this process takes a while for me because I don’t want to do too much too fast and I want to see if the product actually works with real results! You can read the start of my skincare journey here.

So lets just jump right in.

Since my last post I have added a few items and removed some. Lets start with one I removed. The Olay Regenerist Serum and let me tell you this was hard to swallow. I have been using this for 10 years and I am loyal to Olay. However I took it out for a few weeks and when I put it back in my skin became red again and gave me bumps on my forehead. I have no clue what is causing it but one thing I have discovered is products with parabens do NOT like my skin right now. Does this mean I would not recommend this anti aging superhero? NO WAY! This serum is affordable and works to give your skin a smoother younger appearance. I truly do hope to use it again some day.

Olay Regenerist Serum Skincare
Olay Regenerist Serum

The next two products I put into my regimen and I am LOVING THEM.  Lets start with the LaRoche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser for Oily Sensitive Skin. A coworker gave me a sample she had from visiting Paris. I am beyond thrilled its sold at Target because I purchased the full size as soon as I finished it! My skin does not feel dry after cleansing and gives a very clean feeling as well.

I was in desperate need of a day cream as the Ponds Crema S cream was making me too oily and now I know also caused redness. Again has parabens in it. I use to use Origins a few years back but as you all know I am always on the hunt for afforadable options.  However I felt it was time to give them a go again. My skin is loving the Plantscription Power Anti Again Cream. No redness and my skin looks smoother and more vibrant since using this cream. I am hoping to try more from this line that is how impressed I am.

 

LaRoche Posay Foaming Gel Cleanser and Origins Plantscription Power Anti-Aging Cream Skincare
LaRoche Posay Foaming Gel Cleanser and Origins Plantscription Power Anti-Aging Cream

Last and certainly not least.  The game changer in my opinion. The Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Alcohol Free Toner. This toner has helped clear my skin, reduce my redness, pores and gave my skin a brighter appearance.  Best part?? Its less than $10 on Amazon.

Thayers Witch Hazel Skincare
Thayers Witch Hazel

 

Are any of these products in your skincare routine? Have you been thinking about adding any of these? I would love to know in the comments.

NEW L’OREAL CLAY MASK: Exfoliate & Refine

As most of you know I am on a skin care journey and for those that may be new to my blog you can read the start of my journey here.  When I saw L’Oreal came out with new clay masks I just knew I had to try! Best part was finding them at Target for $9.99 as you know I live for fabulous finds $10 or Less.  There are three clay masks in the line: Exfoliate & Refine, Detox & Brighten and Purify & Mattify.

I decided to go with the Exfoliate & Refine as I can feel the build up in my T-Zone (I have combination skin) and I am always looking to refine my pores. So what does this mask do? In as short as 10 minutes the mask exfoliates and refines your skin due to the Red Algae Extract the mask is enhanced with.

Clay Mask
New L’Oreal Clay Mask: Exfoliate & Refine

 

You may be thinking what is Red Algae Extract. I know I was so I did a little digging and per the Loreal Website

“Red algae extract, commonly referred to in skin care as rhodophyta seaweed, contains high quantities of sulfated polysaccharides (carrageenan), peptides, carotenoids, and fatty acids. Together these components may contribute towards red algae’s antioxidant property. Red algae extract can be capable of neutralizing free-radicals that are present in the environment. If left unregulated, these radicals can cause damage to the skin’s structural integrity, which may lead to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines. Lastly, algae extract is known to serve as a thickening agent in skincare products, which can provide a more desirable and spreadable texture for lotions and creams”

 

 

Clay Mask
New L’Oreal Clay Mask: Exfoliate & Refine

 

Now that we know a bit more about Red Algae Extract, here is what this mask claims to do. Per the L’Oreal Website: “Exfoliate & Refines Pores Pure-Clay Mask addresses rough skin and deep clogged pores on face to reveal a polished, pore-minimized and smooth complexion. Immediately skin texture appears refined and smooth. Pore are visibly minimized. Facial pore cleansing removes dead cells, dirt and oil from skin. Imperfections are less visible. Not only will skin feel as though it can breathe, it will be healthy looking with a beautiful glow”

To apply the mask I use a foundation brush for easier application. I use the Elf Foundation Brush which you can shop for here. The mask is fragrant but its not overpowering and is not difficult to remove. Best part is you only need to leave it on for 10 minutes. To remove the mask I take a wet cloth and in circular motion remove the mask to really aid in the exfoliation process. I saw and felt immediate results!

New L'Oreal Clay Mask

My skin had a beautiful glow after just one use and over time I have noticed my pores have minimized, my skin feels smoother and the overall appearance has improved. Have you tried any of the clay masks? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Shop all three masks here

Worth It? Allure Beauty Box

When I received my August  Allure Beauty Box  it got me thinking. Is it worth the $15 monthly price tag? I am here to give you the pros and cons and will also go into detail of what came inside the August Box.  This way you get a closer look into this monthly subscription.

The Pros:

  • The only Editor curated subscription box: I am a very loyal Allure Magazine reader so to have their editors pick out products makes me feel like I am apart of Allure.
  • 5-6 products each month. Usually are true deluxe size samples and they have included full size as well
  • The Mini Magazine that is included goes into great detail about each product in the box (What the product is, What is does, Ingredients, How it feels/looks, Why the editors like it, the price and where to buy it!)
  • Able to try out different products for a fraction of the cost
  • The packaging: It comes in a glossy red box that gives this subscription a luxurious feeling
  • New Beauty Blogger? This is a great way to start a blog on a budget while testing and reviewing some of the hottest products on the market!

The Cons:

  • $15 monthly price tag where other boxes that are a bit similar are $10
  • End up with a stash of sample size products that never get used: This is my biggest issue right now. Allure offers a good amount of skincare samples. As most of you know I am going through a revamp of my skin care routine so I can not just try something out in the middle of trying to figure out current triggers ect.
  • Sensitive Skin? Probably not the best option since there are so many skincare options each month.
  • Expensive Full Price Products: Although I love beauty products when I see a sample of La Mer Soft cream that retails on the low end for $85.00 for .5 oz I know I will not try this because if I fall in love I can not justify this price point. I am all for beauty investments when the quality and performance is there but I am a very practical person as well. Case in point: $10 OR LESS TUESDAY on my Instagram.
Product details for the August Allure Beauty Box:  All information provided below is from the Mini Mag that comes with the box for product reference.

Allure Beauty Box

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50: Mattifying makeup-setting spray that will keep makeup in place, minimize shine and SPF. $28 Supergoop.com
Freeze 24-7 Anti Aging Eye Serum: Line Smoothing eye cream that makes skin look smoother and tighter for a few hours. $115  Freeze247.com
Pur – Lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer: Lightweight hydrating lotion for normal, dry and sensitive skin. $55  Purlisse.com

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Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance: Lightweight luminizing lotion that is champagne colored with a slight cooling effect on the skin. $48 Sephora.com

Allure Beauty Box

Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach: A black brown color that glides over lids that is waterproof $18 Cargocosmetics.com

Allure Beauty Box

Wet Brush Midi Brush: Cushion Brush with long, flexible plastic brisles $8.99 Thewetbrush.com
Garnier New Whole Blends Honey Treasures Shampoo and Conditioner: $4.99 Garnier.com

Allure Beauty Box

I hope this helps you decide if you want to join in on this Subscription box. I will continue with this subscription for now as I look forward to it every month.  My biggest con is the skincare concerns so some products are being pushed aside for the moment. What subscription boxes do you have? I would love to hear about them in the comments.