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Lush Cosmetics The Mask of Magnaminty Review

skincare September 23, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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Today I am going to be doing  a review of the mask of magnaminty. This is one of the most popular masks from the brand Lush Cosmetics and it is one of the masks I have returned to time after time when my skin is more blemish prone. 

First of all – if you haven’t heard of Lush, it is a cruelty-free, vegetarian based brand which uses a lot of fresh ingredients to make their products. There are many products that I would recommend from Lush, but the one I started with and the one I keep returning to is the mask of magnaminty. 

The mask of  magnaminty is a mask made up of the following active ingredients:

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Kaolin clay and peppermint oil : rid the skin of impurities 

Ground aduki beans : exfoliate the skin 

Vanilla absolute : calms redness

Honey : provides moisture and antibacterial properties 

Because Lush uses active, and mostly natural ingredients it is recommended you keep an eye on the expiration date because the products do tend to turn more frequently than those bought at the drugstore or department store. Pro tip: put your mask in the fridge to keep it cool and maintain the ingredients. 

To apply, you simply add a layer of the mask to your skin, wait until dry, and then remove with a wet, warm washcloth. The mask is slightly abrasive so you skin may be left looking slightly red, but do not worry it will fade quickly and you will be left with soft, and glowing skin. I feel this mask is best done only once or twice at most a week because the mask is truly ridding your skin from toxins and it could become too harsh to do regularly. 

The mask retails for $15/$30/$40 USD depending on the size of the container you purchase. I recommend buying a small container if you are using the mask for the first time because it does have the peppermint essential oil in it and it could be too much for someone with sensitive skin. 

If you’re looking for a new mask, I recommend going to Lush and at least trying it out in a sample. The atmosphere at Lush is like no other that I’ve experienced in my time of shopping for skincare or cosmetics. They have an amazing staff and are happy to help with any questions you may have or concerns about your skin. 

So enjoy your Sunday pamper, do a mask, paint your nails, have some lemon tea, and happy beginning of autumn to all of you as well!

If you have any questions or have used this mask before, let me know in the comments!

Love,

Julie

Simple Summer Skin Care Routine

skincare July 5, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I have been really into embracing summer this year. Sometimes the heat gets to me but I am still trying to get outside as much as possible. With being outside in the humid or dry weather it can make skin dehydrated. I have a simple and affordable skincare routine that I’d like to share with you today!

Makeup Removal: Coconut Oil is my savior when it comes to removing makeup in the summer. It is an oil, so it breaks down makeup instantly and also leaves the skin quenched and is also antibacterial which helps with fighting acne. I really like to deeply work this oil into a massage and wipe off with a dry wash cloth.

Cleansing: I like to use a gentle face wash like Cetaphil, to remove any remaining traces of makeup as well as clean my face. After a long day there is a lot of build up and dirt that needs to still be removed and a simple, gentle cleanser is perfect for this.

Toner: I like to use Thayer’s Witch Hazel and Rose Petal Toner.  I simply add it to a cotton ball and rub in circular motions around my face to remove any remaining dirt and to balance the skin’s pH. Toning can also clear up any acne that you have on your face or body, so it is a great step to add to a skincare routine when you are sweating a lot during the day.

Serum: Sometimes I will use a serum, depending on how my skin looks. If it needs some brightening or moisture, I will typically use the Glow serum by Valjean Labs. I found this serum at TJ Maxx and it is made with Vitamin C and Magnesium to even out skin tone and balance skin.

Moisturizer: I am currently using  Rosen Apothecary Collagen Firming Beauty Cream as a moisturizer. I found this at TJ Maxx and it is a nice, thick, easily absorbed cream which provides overnight moisture as well  as some firming properties if used consistently. It’s a nice product to use during the summer because it is super hydrating since it is made with many different beneficial oils like rose hip oil and argan oil.

So, for the most part that is my summer skincare routine. I also use masks from time to time but I feel like saving that for another post. Skincare for me equals self-care, and it is important to take care of our body, mind, and spirit.

Until Next Time,

Julie

 

Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm; Review

skincare June 23, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I hope your weekend is going well so far. I have had one of the best weeks I have had in a long time! Anyways, I thought today I could bring you another quick review. It is on the Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm.

I bought this balm a few weeks ago and I have really been enjoying it ever since. The Melty Talented is a pink colored balm, which has a solid consistency at room temperature but once warmed up against fingertips, it turns into a soothing oil. It claims it is for dry lips, hair tips, elbows, knees, and cuticles.

I  have mostly used it on my knees and elbows and I can say it is a very fast acting oil for dry skin. I have chronically dry skin when seasons change and this has prevented me from having to layer on thick creams which takes a lot more time to rub in usually. With this balm it rubs in instantly and there isn’t even too much of a greasy feel to it either. The smell is amazing and is a warm, vanilla cupcake scent. This product retails for $6 USD for 1 o.z. (a little goes a long way) and can be found at Walgreens or on Soap and Glory’s website.

I can recommend this product to anyone who wants soft, great smelling skin, at a fair price. I love Soap and Glory, and often feel the brand is not always given recognition even when their products are stellar!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my review and if you have any Soap and Glory products you can recommend I would absolutely love to hear about them! So, leave them in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Julie

Kopari Sheer Oil Review

blog, skincare April 27, 2018

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Hello, everyone!

I went shopping at TJ Maxx a bit ago and I purchased the Kopari coconut sheer oil and I want to give a review of this product since I absolutely love everything and anything coconut!

The coconut sheer oil by Kopari is a coconut oil which was specifically produced to be used as a beauty oil. This product, in particular, is formulated with not only coconut but many other wonderful ingredients such as shea butter, coffee, melon, banana, the list goes on. The product retails for $44 USD for 1.7 FL OZ or 50 mL and can be found on Kopari’s website and is also available at Sephora. This product is cruelty-free and vegan.

The coconut sheer oil is solid at room temperature but can easily be liquefied by running the bottle under warm water. The packaging is very handy, as it comes with a dropper to help with not only sanitary concerns but also concerns that you may use too much product unnecessarily. I really enjoy the thought that was put into this packaging, and the bottle is made of a hard, milk glass that seems very high end.

The sheer oil smells amazing! This is a warm, vanilla-coconut scent which is not overpowering in the slightest. It is one of the nicest fragrances I’ve smelt in a skincare product to date. I also like that you do not need a lot of this oil for it to be effective!

I’ve been using the product nonstop for about a week and I can gather that this product does exactly what it says it will which is:

  1. Facial Oil that provides moisture and anti-aging properties. Reduces inflammation and can fight acne. My skin has been clearer than it has been for a while and I can even tell my acne scars are lightening up a bit and it’s only been a week!
  2. Makeup Primer. Yes, my skin feels so much softer and adapts to taking makeup a lot better when using this product.
  3. Fly-away hair tamer. Most coconut oils make my hair greasy within seconds of contact but this one has more smoothing properties than adding excess oil.
  4. Body oil for dry skin. This can help with stretch marks or dull or dry skin. I’m not sure about stretch marks but this sure has helped my parched skin glow.

I can see myself using for a long time. and repurchasing when I run out, as long as it continues to remain effective, which honestly, I think it will! If you like coconut oil from the grocery store, you are going to love this one because it is just so much better and is formulated with the best ingredients to bring out the best of your skin.

I am a Kopari affiliate and there is currently a 20% of sitewide sale going on, so if anyone is interested – simply click the picture above and you will be directed there. You can also get 10 % off your first purchase if you sign up for their e-mail subscription. Definitely, check out their website for more natural skincare options!

If you have any questions or have tried Kopari’s products let me know in the comments!

Until Next,

Julie

Makeup Inspiration: French Beauty

blog, makeup, Uncategorized April 23, 2018

Hello, my loves! Welcome back to my blog!

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I have been obsessed with wearing less-is-more makeup lately. I adore makeup, I truly do. I love putting my artist side to work every morning and picking out different shades and colors. However, I also like letting my skin breathe and letting my skincare work, especially in the warmer weather.

French beauty is something I am particularly interested in, seeing as I am mostly of  French descent and also because it is more minimal. The French have a particular look which isn’t seen in every French woman in the same way but rather they each have their own individual style which is typically minimal, soft, yet bold provides a statement.

My favorite French look is the glowy skin with a red lip. There’s usually little eye makeup in this look at least what I have seen, but there’s usually at least a coat of mascara. My idol is Jeanne Damas, who is a French It girl who also owns her own clothing line. She personally seems to pick more plum colored lips or a deeper red.

I thought I’d list a few of my favorite beauty products that I use to achieve the  French girl look.

L’oreal True-Match Foundation –  I like this product because it can be used as a more sheer product or a full coverage one depending on how much you apply. It provides a glowy base and the shade selection is wonderful.

Bareminerals – Bareskin Concealer –  This concealer is perfect for a natural concealing effect. IT does not crease under the eye and can be blended in softly with your finger or a sponge. It is a full coverage concealer but does not feel thick or tacky.

Benefit Cosmetics – High Beam – This is a nice, subtly soft highlighter product that looks natural on the skin. This product is easily applied to the top of the cheekbones for a hint of sheen. Or a cheaper alternative is “Moonbeam” powder highlighter by E.L.F.

Honest Beauty – Cream Contour Palette – This is the smoothest, most buttery and easily blended contour palette I have used. It is stunning and perfect for a look where it doesn’t look muddy or heavy.

MAC  – Lipstick in venomous violet, diva, or viva glam 3.  I  personally have never used these ones but they are recommended by Jeanne herself! I personally like Revlon’s balm stain in “Crush”  or “Romantic” for a beautiful plum or berry pout.

You can, of course, use any products that you have but the idea is to keep it looking like it is your own complexion.The French often say you should play up your best features instead of trying to hide the ones you do not like. I strongly agree! Are there any makeup trends or styles you are following right now? Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday and I will be back writing on Wednesday!

Salut,

Julie

Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation Review [cruelty free]

Uncategorized October 21, 2017

Hello, my dears!

So, today I thought I would do a review of the Wet N Wild Photofocus foundation[retails for $6]. I am choosing to review this product because I have now used two shades of this foundation, have applied it many different ways and feel like I can give an honest review.

Alright, so to start off I will say I have combination skin. I have oily skin and dry skin present on different areas of my face and I do believe this foundation would work for either dry or oily skin. To me, this foundation has a natural finish but it leans on the side of matte and definitely controls oil. The coverage is about medium coverage but can be built up to almost full coverage if that coverage is desired. The applicator for this product is in spatula form and it is an excellent way to make sure too much product does not get wasted. I’ve also noticed you do not need a lot of this product to get even coverage, which is a plus!

The color selection for this range of foundation is pretty good, even though I think it depends on what store you visit. I personally am in the shade “Nude Ivory” and it is almost perfect for my skin, but in my opinion, this product oxidizes and can easily become too dark if you don’t take this into consideration.

As far as application goes, honestly I enjoy the application with a sponge or a stippling brush. There are many other brushes I have used though, and they all seem to apply wonderfully.

The foundation also lasts for a good 8 hours without showing much difference, and in my opinion, it does not need to be set.  This foundation also sets very quickly.

There is no flashback either! Hence the name!

I chose this foundation not only because it is inexpensive but also because it is cruelty-free and vegan. I strongly believe that if a company can price their products this low and make the quality as high as it is, we need to ask ourselves why other companies won’t.

Overall,  I ADORE this foundation, with all the aspects mentioned above being taken into consideration. It is perfect for me and I will continue to use it.

4.9/5.0 [the smell does kind of smell like paint]

 

My Very Simple Skincare Routine For Fall

Uncategorized October 19, 2017

Hello, my dears! So today I thought I’d go over my very basic skincare routine which typically allows me to control my acne, and stay moisturized!

To start off, I wear makeup. I wear a lot of makeup on a day to day basis because of previous acne scarring I have dealt with throughout the years and I generally just love makeup. My acne is not typically a problem these days due to my routine but sometimes I still struggle due to my time of the month, and also due to being on the medication lithium which dries out the skin and is known to cause acne or skin conditions.

So now that I’ve prefaced that, I would like to get into my skincare routine. For a long time, I used a lot of products and many chemical ridden products which actually made me break out even more. These days I use mild, more natural products which I know work.

To take off my makeup I actually use grapeseed oil with a washcloth. Grapeseed oil is basically the oil from the seed of grapes, so it’s very natural. It is typically used for cooking but it takes makeup off without irritating my eyes or skin. It leaves skin soft and hydrated as well. I highly recommend this for stubborn eye makeup or those days when you wear concealer or a high coverage foundation. I would say grapeseed oil takes off 85% of my makeup alone.

The next thing I do is wash my face. For washing my face I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Almond soap. It’s a soap which is natural and full of healthy ingredients you can use for many purposes. Here are a list of ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Almond Fragrance, Citric Acid, Tocopherol. These are many of the oils I would use on their own, so it is great to have them combined!

After washing my face, I use a toner on a cotton round. I’ve been using a witch hazel toner, sometimes it is just the pure witch hazel, sometimes witch hazel with rose water. Sometimes I just use rose water as well. I think toning is an essential skincare step because it allows you to see if any dirt is left over after cleansing, it also aids in balancing your skin.

So, on a regular basis, I will just apply a moisturizer. So, either I’ll apply almond oil for a moisturizer and give myself a massage or I will apply PONDS deep moisturizing cream for dry skin. The reason I chose PONDS is that it is one of the brands that have been around for so long that I trust it will not break me out, and it hasn’t.

If I’m having a particularly bad skin day or I want to relax and enjoy a face mask I will apply one of the Freeman masks, or sometimes the Aztec Clay mask. I also really enjoy using raw honey as a facemask for moisture.

I also do exfoliate with a little olive oil and sea salt. I’ve found that sea salt and olive oil will scrub the dead skin off but leave your skin so moisturized that it is literally like heaven! It also works on hands and on the body.

Every day I try to dry brush and moisturize with Palmer’s Coconut Oil cream.

Try to keep your hands clean, and off your face. Also, try to use new hand towels every day and don’t ever use them to pat dry your face, use a washcloth instead.

Hope this helped or was at least fun to read!

Have a good night!

  • Julie