I decided to mix it up a little and do a short beauty questionnaire I saw online, instead of posting a review or swatches... I don't do these often, but it's a fun change every once in awhile. My whole house has been battling colds for the past couple of weeks, once 2 or 3 of us gets better, we start the cycle all over again! Typical, right? So I haven't touched my makeup... I'm not trying to contaminate it with germs. ;) I hope to be back on track next week on my regular posting schedule! Have a GREAT weekend! Can you believe it's February already?!
S K I N C A R E
How many times do you wash your face daily? Usually twice, sometimes more...
What skin type do you have? Dry
What is your current facial wash? Clinique or Jack Black
Do you exfoliate? Yep!
What brand do you use? Clinique
What moisturizer do you use? Josie Maran! and Clinique
Do you have freckles? A couple...
Do you use eye cream? Yes, Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24
Do you or did you have acne prone skin? Never & I hope it stays that way!
Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? No, I never had to thankfully...
I got these during the Sephora VIB Sale a couple months ago & when they arrived, I tucked them away and forgot all about them... The other day I was talking about my 2017 Goals & Resolutions & I mentioned taking better care of my skin, so when I was going through my skincare products I got excited about trying out these masks all over again...
I love Christmas time, it's so magical! I love looking at all the lights, making (and eating) holiday desserts, putting up the Christmas tree, decorating & the festive spirit that almost everyone is in... This year we decorated before Thanksgiving, bought a bigger tree & enjoyed the holidays so much leading up to Jesus' birthday... On Christmas day, unfortunately our family lost a very important woman in all of our lives, but we did our best to remain thankful & faithful on what is supposed to be such a joyous occasion.
Every Christmas morning, one of our traditions is having my parents, grandma, sisters & brother over to our house to open gifts from each other & see what Santa left. Every year, opening presents lasts a little longer, because there are more kids & because everyone (not including my boys) is grown up and can afford to buy gifts now, but it's something I love & look forward to! It's so exciting to watch my kids open their presents. I love seeing their eyes light up when they see what they got, but I've got to say, I lucked out this year and got quite a few amazing gifts, too! My family knows me so well & their thoughtful & generous gifts didn't disappoint ... and I might have helped the boys pick a couple things out for mom! ;)
A couple of months ago I reviewed the Kashmere Kollections Luxurious Toning Oil (read here) and basically told you all about how much I loved it & couldn't get enough of it! I loved the way it smelled, the ingredients, the claims... and today, 3 months later, I still love it & use it!
One of the major reasons I fell in love with this oil was because it smells so good! The scent in itself is so calming, It has a very light, sweet scent. I can't really describe it, it just smells...good! And it actually works because of all the great ingredients in the oil. Kim mentioned on social media that her oil would work effectively on a handful of different skin issues, such as eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, aging, scars, stretch marks, etc.
Recently one of my sisters snapped me a picture of herself in this black face mask & asked me if I'd ever tried it! I automatically assumed it was something she found at the store, so I asked her what brand it was, etc. She told me she made it herself & it consisted of charcoal and glue! Who doesn't love a good face mask? This method seemed to be cheap & effective so I was all the way in! You can find Activated Charcoal where vitamins & supplements are found in stores (although they're always sold out in my area) in the form of a capsule. I haven't found the powder form in stores yet, but of course everything is available online! For the same jar I used, containing 1.2 ounce, it can be purchased on Amazon for less than $10.
WHAT IT DOES
Activated Charcoal can be used for a number of things in your beauty routine, as well as a household item, such as teeth whitening, facial masks, gas issues, or to deter small insects & spiders, etc. It's relatively affordable & a little goes a LONG way...
The reason behind using Activated Charcoal for face masks is because it unclogs pores, helping rid them of dirt, oil & other impurities. This is a great mask to minimize pores or to combat acne. You only use a small amount of powder each time, but it adsorbs (you read that right) a thousand times it's own mass getting rid of all the bad stuff...
Kashmere Kollections Luxurious Toning Oil
$59 - 4 fl. oz - KashmereKollections.com
It's currently available for pre-order & is expected to ship around September 15th.
What it is:
Kashmere Kollections is a lavish skincare line that was created by Kim Zolciak, best known from Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta & Don't Be Tardy. The line currently offers a few products: a body polish, sunless tanning lotion, firming lotion & toning oil. She'll be expanding her line soon to include facial products as well.
What it does:
The toning oil quickly absorbs, deeply hydrating your skin. It can be used all over your body, although it may be too rich for your facial skin! It was formulated for rough, irritated skin that needs a pick-me-up & would be great for stretch marks, post-pregnancy or signs of aging.
Recently I got the chance to try out some products from LimeLight by Alcone. Upon opening my package I was so impressed with the packaging & details. The company definitely gets an A+ for presentation. Everything just looked so pretty & it was all so nicely packaged. When I was opening things, I felt like I had just received a fancy, expensive gift! I also noticed their pricing is all very competitive with other comparable products from other brands.
Alcone is a well known company that's been around since the 1950's that catered to professional makeup artists but they've expanded their brand to now be available to everyone!
They have makeup, skincare, tools & more. Today I'll share some of my opinions, as well as information about all of the products I've tried so far!
I've been a member of Influenster since May 2012. Over the years I've been lucky enough to receive quite a few items to test out for free in return for my honest input. It's always fun to get something new in the mail to test out & this time I was a part of the 'CVS Unilever Dry Spray VoxBox' - I got Degree Motion Sense Dry Spray in the scent "Fresh Energy."
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I just received this in the mail yesterday, so I've yet to try it, but I'll be sure to come back soon with my thoughts. I haven't used a spray form deodorant since I was in middle school & I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be a little different? Either way, this is something I need & will use, so it'll be easy for me to share my thoughts on this product!
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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30
$44 - 1.7 fl oz
What it is:
An oil-free skin tint to protect and perfect with a soft-matte finish that will last all day.
What it does:
This oil-free formula wears comfortably, maintaining skin’s natural moisture barrier while working to control shine throughout the day. Transparent Blurring Powders help to blur imperfections, even the look of skintone, and smooth the appearance of pores and fine lines. The powders’ unique, spherical shape compresses like a cushion, delivering a velvety-smooth, touchable feel and superior comfort on application. Vitamins C, E, and broad spectrum SPF 30 protect against free-radical damage caused by environmental stress. Simply touch and go for an effortlessly perfected look.. (Above info found on NARSCosmetics & Sephora.)
O.P.I. "Isao Paulo Over There"
O.P.I. "Ro-Man-ce on the Moon"
Sinful Colors "Rose Dust"
Sinful Colors "Lie-lac
Sinful Colors "Lavender"
Sinful Colors "Lavender"
Sinful Colors "Rise & Shine"
Wet 'N Wild "424A" (Black)
Makeup & Skincare
Hard Candy Setting Spray
Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
L'Oreal Wrinkle Expert 25+
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Eye Cream
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black (Waterproof)
Wet 'N Wild Lipstick "Just Peachy"
Wet 'N Wild Purty Persimmon
Wet 'N Wild Megaglo Illuminating Palette "Catwalk Pink"
Maybelline Great Lash (clear)
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick "Grand Garnet"
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