MAC Next To Nothing Foundation: Instagram Filter For Your Face??!!??

“An ultra balmy fluid infused with nourishing ingredients and opalescent microspheres for a youthful glow that looks lit from within. This sheer tinted cream can be used under or over foundation, or to bring a translucent luminosity to skin. The cushiony, smoothing texture glides over skin, diminishing the look of imperfections and fine lines, while moisturizing and protecting skin. Skin looks immediately retouched!” – Ulta Website

I know MAC Next To Nothing Foundation is almost old news now considering the beauty world is always producing new products but I still wanted to get my thoughts out.  In addition to making sure swatches are present online as it truly helps me choose what my shade may be! Who else searching for foundation swatches online?? Anywho this foundation is not for those who want full coverage or even medium coverage. You can use it in addition to your full coverage foundation to create a dewy look but if you want a one and done deal this is not for you.

Lets just get to the point, does this give you an instant instagram filter? Yes for me it does! I do have some redness on my skin but other than that I do not need a ton of coverage nor do I want a full coverage look.  This foundation is perfect for everyday, for mixing with other foundation or even younger girls just starting to get into makeup.

MAC Foundation

Benefits Per Ulta’s Website:

  • Provides hydration
  • Provides instant radiance
  • Features a comfortable, creamy formula
  • Nourishes skin
  • Immediately improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Visibly refines skin texture
  • Smoothes and softens skin

MAC Next To Nothing

PRODUCT INFORMATION:

  • $31.00 USD
  • Permanent Collection
  • 9 shades available (Swatches from Top To Bottom) – Shop the Line HERE 
    • Light – Pale Ivory 
    • Light Plus – Light Beige 
    • Medium – Warm Beige 
    • Medium Plus – Light Tan Beige
    • Medium Dark – Carmel Beige 
    • Medium Deep – Rich Golden Tan 
    • Dark – Deep Carmel 
    • Dark Plus – Neutral Tan Beige 
    • Dark Deep – Rich Deep Bronze 

MAC Next To Nothing MAC Next to Nothing Foundation

There are other products that were released with the Foundation as a MAC Next To Nothing family if you will.  Those items were a Foundation BrushPowder Brush and Pressed Powders to set the foundation. The powder sets your face in a very natural way that is not to cakey and the brushes work well with both products but are not necessary if you want to just purchase this foundation to try! Again this foundation is perfect for everyday or a natural look or if you have a matte foundation you love that you want to add a bit of radiance in it you can mix it to create a dewy look. Have you tried this foundation? Sound off in the comments!!!

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  4. MAC Liptensity Line
  5. MAC Vampy Lipstick 
  6. MAC X MACY’S EVENT: Girls Night Out
  7. MAC SNOWBALL COLLECTION 

 

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DERMAFLASH: Bye Bye Peach Fuzz!!

While I was attending the Bare Minerals event this summer I met two fabulous women from Dermaflash.  Once they asked me if I have tried it and I said no and they said I must must try it! Now I m not going to lie, I was honest with them because I was scared to try this. I asked all the questions…. does it hurt? Will my hair grow back thicker? Darker? Will it irritate my skin? One of the girls being a fellow Italian calmed my nerves that I do not need to worry about my hair growing back thicker lol  A week or so later it showed up at my door and they even walked me through it over facetime! As a brand they were already impressing me! So what is Dermaflash exactly????

Per the Sephora Website:

“DERMAFLASH was inspired by Dermaplaning, a costly exfoliation procedure available only in medical spas or doctor’s offices. The treatment gently removes the outer most layer of skin, with a scalpel, to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. DERMAFLASH brings the effectiveness of Dermaplaning home, comfortably and safely. Great for women of all ethnicities and ages, this is a revolutionary device that uses a subtle sonic vibration paired with a stainless steel Edge to sweep away dead, dull skin cells, debris, and peach fuzz for skin that’s soft, dewy, luminous, and younger-looking”

Nair has always burned my skin on my upper lip and wax has broken me out. I really wanted something to assist with the peach fuzz on the sides of my face. I have heard about women “shaving” their faces but I was too scared.  With these three steps you are set and for me I am able to do it every 2-3 weeks. It is suggested to do it weekly but for me it was not needed.  I waited to write this post so I can see if it really worked and if my skin would react to not only the flashing but to the products that are in the system. I am here to say that I love it and its something every women should incorporate into their beauty routine! It does not hurt,  my hair did not grow back crazy or thicker and my skin looks better

Dermaflash

DERMAFLASH three-step system:

Prep, Edge & Sooth

  1. Prep your skin with the included cleanser. This cleanser is gentle and does not leave your skin feeling dry
  2. With a new edge you use short strokes and the guide you see above lays it out so easy for the user. It opens and gives you step by step instructions with pictures. I am very visual so I appreciated this added feature. When you flash you will remove built debris, dead skin cells and my absolute favorite part the PEACH FUZZ lol
  3. Last but not least you will sooth the skin with the hydrating moisturizer. Again this is gentle and did not irritate my skin

Dermaflash

dermaflash review

MORE PRODUCT INFO:

  • The System is $189.00 and is sold at Sephora.
  • Replacement sets are $39.00 and sold at Sephora 
  • You get 6 weeks worth as there are 6 edges included. However again I found I do not need to do this weekly for my peach fuzz. You can easily do this every 2-3 weeks.
  • They have a direct website with even more details, how to’s and guides

My Final Thoughts:

Do I think you need this in your beauty routine? YES!! If you have peach fuzz or dry skin this will help tremendously. Makeup can only do so much, its your skin care routine that matters and this is skincare! As I have gotten older, skincare has become my top priority. My makeup application looks better and more flawless when my skin is at its best!

This can be pricey and I understand that but its a lot cheaper than getting this type of procedure done in the salon. I do wish however the edges were sold by themselves as I do think you can use your own cleansers and moisturizers.  However I have been told it all works in conjunction to give the best results. So I will say okayyyyy I get it! Who doesn’t want the best results? I know I do!

I want to hear your thoughts? What are you currently using for hair removal on your face?

 

DISCLAIMER: Dermaflash was sent for editorial consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

MUST HAVE KIEHL’S SKINCARE: BPAMC PICKS

Winter is coming and no I am not talking about Game of Thrones, I am talking about Chicago. Wind burning your face and temperatures below zero type of winter is coming lol My skin takes a beating every year and my skin ranges from Normal to Combo but when its dry its very dry! When it comes to must have products to combat my winter skin and really all year long Kiehl’s products are my go to. Kiehls products can be a bit more costly however a little goes a long way so the product will last you a good amount of time! I do use these all year long but in the other seasons I am able to try more or be bit more flexible because I am not soooo dry!  Lets talk about these Kiehl’s must have skin savers! Bonus?!!!??  Kiehl’s is now sold at Sephora!!

KIEHL'S Skincare

  1. Ultra Facial Cream: This face cream is well creamy and leaves my skin hydrated and dewy. It can be a bit wet to the touch at first.  It doesn’t dry down fully for a while but I prefer this.  It offers 24 hours of hydration and is available in three sizes, one being only $16 so its a great way to try this product.  Kiehl’s recently added a SPF  option which I was using over the summer and loved it.
  2. Midnight Recovery Concentrate:  Midnight Recovery will give you moisture with just 2-3 drops. It can be used alone or with your favorite nighttime moisturizer. Sometimes I just add one drop into my moisturizer and it is still hydrating enough!  With a blend of oils, including lavender, evening primrose, and squalene you will have softer and smooter skin by morning.
  3. Daily Reviving Concentrate: If you want to glow then you need this! Again all it takes is 2-3 drops but even with one drop mixed in your moisturizer especially if you are using the Ultra Facial Cream. With antioxidant protection and a blend of natural oils, including ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu you will not regret this purchase.
  4. Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser:  A newer cleanser to the Kiehls family. I have been using it for about a month now and love it! Suitable for all skin types but specifically those with dry and sensitive skin (its my perfect match lol) It is a foaming gel formula that will not strip your skin and leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. One thing that will turn me off immediately to a face wash? Dry and tight skin after I dry off my face. This one will not do that to you I promise!
  5. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: I can not say enough about this eye cream. It literally saved my dry under eyes. After kids my skin changed and this brought life back to my eye area due to the avocado oil this is infused with. I prefer to use this at night because it is a bit thick (in a good way) and I  have other day creams I use but for night this cream is amazing! Again a little goes a long way so no matter what size you choose you will get a lot of bang for your buck!
  6. Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask: Do not tell my husband I told you but he is obsessed with this mask. The first time we both tried it he said “you can tell this is a good high quality mask” (his exact words lol) This is made to use during the day to brighten your skin and yes it does just that however it exfoliates as well. This is where my dry skin loves it! When you are ready to remove the mask all you need to do is take a wet rag and go in circular motions and let the cranberry seeds work their magic. Your skin will be feeling fresh, bright and smooth!

Here are some of my Kiehl’s Wish List Items:

Well there you have it, my must have Kiehl’s products and a few I am looking to get my hands on in the near future!  What skincare items are you loving? Do you have a Kiehl’s product you love that I didn’t mention? Let me know below!

 

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IHERB: Natural Beauty Products

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IHerb and products were provided for reviewing purposes. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

In recent months I have started to pay attention to ingredients of what is in my skincare products and when I went for my last facial I was told I need to exfoliate 3 times a week. I knew I wanted to try out Aveeno’s face scrub along with others from the Positively Radiant Line. You all know I love affordable beauty and have been paying close attention to ingredients so Aveeno was the perfect match! Per the IHERB website: “Positively Radiant is a collection of facial skincare products uniquely formulated to target all 5 Factors of Radiance – tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots – to leave skin fresh, awake and luminous. 

Being a mom my sleep is never stable and my skin suffers.  Looking awake and luminous is key for my beauty routine and a must have with products I use.  The face scrub is gentle for my sensitive skin and has been leaving my skin feeling fresh and awake.  I can see a different in my texture and dullness and would suggest to try this scrub out if you are dealing with texture and dullness. One of the best things you can do is exfoliate 2-3 times a week and this scrub is perfect.

Natural Beauty products

When we think about natural beauty products sometimes that means going to a special store but now they are more accessible than ever and with IHERB the process is quick and easy.  IHERB has one of the largest selections of high quality natural products including the natural beauty products we love from the brands we love!  With over 35,000 products you are bound to find what you are looking for.  IHERB ships  to over 160 countries and is a Google Trusted Store with a customer service team that provides support in 10 different language

Shopping on IHERB was super easy. Its very user friendly where you can search by brand or by condition (ie: Anti Aging, Women’s ect…) You are able to find your products, add to your cart and check out. The prices are comparable to other retailers and the shipping was ridiculously fast. It felt like next day but it was probably 48 hours. Shipping is also free if you spend $20 which is better than seeing $50 which is what seems to be the standard and I hate that lol. Please tell me I am not the only one!

Aveeno Products: (click product to shop!)

If you are interested in trying Aveeno products or stocking up on your favs,  you can get 10% off your Aveeno Order on IHERB by clicking HERE!

 

Aveeno Skincare

Do you use Natural Beauty products, if so what are some of your favorites?  Have you shopped on IHERB before? Let me know in the comments below. I”d love to hear your thoughts!
IHERB, Natural Beauty Products

 

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

SKIN & CO

 

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!

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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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Olay Eyes

 

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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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***