My exfoliator series!!
I loveeeee to exfoliate and address one of my biggest skin concerns, texture. I’m just starting my skin care journey and these three were my first pick ups. Turmeric and apple cider vinegar are some of my favorite ingredients in cooking and also hair care. Turmeric is a great anti inflammatory and antioxidant and is known as a brightened of the skin as well. Apple cider vinegar has been known to treat blood pressure and also scalp conditions so I thought it would be a great gentle exfoliate for my face. Let’s start with the turmeric exfoliating mask. This mixed physical exfoliation with chemical. It has rosehip seeds and quartz which you can physically work in after leaving the mask on for awhile. The Bha comes from aspen bark and papaya. My skin does feel slightly softer after using this but not enough to pay 48 again. The brightening effect is minute as well. Now the Apple cider vinegar pads come in a box for 72(ridiculous) and a smaller sample box for 12. Thank god I got the sample because this did nothing for me. Maybe the acid is too gentle but I was extremely disappointed. Guess I will continue to ingest it via the gummies to get the benefits Finally, we have wishful yo glow which I will repurchase. It uses aha and bhas only and really smooths out my skin. It is reasonably priced at 39 and is available as a mini for 21. My downside is that it is heavily fragranced and it took time for me to cope with that. The product balls up and it isn’t dead skin alone but I believe the cellulose in the product clings to dead skin cells which I clearly see as the product which is white will turn grayish brown as I work it into my skin. Did I rant or what lol, I will continue my hunt for the perfect exfoliators for my collection and update u guys as I try them
Deep clean clogged pores
Dullness & uneven texture cleansers
Brightening face masks
Dull skin face masks
Uneven texture facial peels
Nov. 10, 2020
Apple cider vinegar, or ACV for short, has been a popular ingredient for remedying various health issues, from sore throats to indigestion, for ages, so it makes sense that it would eventually find its way into skincare. In this case, Volition Beauty 's Apple Cider Vinegar Resurfacing Peel Pads, available on both their site and sephora . ACV contains natural AHAs to remove dead skin and clean out pores. It also has potassium, and vitamins A, C, and E to promote brightness and reduce dark spots. Full disclosure: I've never gotten past the taste/smell of ACV, despite many attempts, so the fact that these smell exactly like it is a big downside for me. With that said, the pads themselves are quite nice- they're individually packaged so there no fear of drying out (also great for travel), and they have a slip for you to put two fingers in and gently swipe on the skin. I didn't feel any stinging or tingling at all, nor was it irritating, and I definitely noticed a decrease in congestion the next day. I think these would be great for someone who's just starting to get into exfoliating, as they're gentle enough to be used daily. They come in a pack of 30 for $64, which is admittedly a bit high for a one month supply if you intend to use them daily, but will obviously last longer if you use them at a lesser frequency. I've really enjoyed having them when I'm on the go/traveling, as it saves a lot of space and is TSA friendly. Will it replace my pixi glow tonic/pads? Probably not, especially when considering affordability, but I do think these work well.
Perfect Spa Day at Home
I recently won a giveway from @JadesJourneythat included KORA - Turmeric BHA Brightening Treatment Mask The Kora Organics mask uses rosehip seeds and quartz to polish skin and enzymes from papaya and aspen bark (natural sources of BHA) to detox pores. It also has turmeric to visibly brighten, reduce pigmentation, and protect against environmental stressors. This mask has the Sephora Clean seal ✅ My first impression was that the smell of this mask immediately reminded me of the spa. A quick look at the full ingredient list I found that it has peppermint oil. This creates a great relaxing experience. Although I would warn anyone will sensitive skin or allergies that this mask includes a couple essential oils, which can cause skin allergies. I really enjoyed the experience of this mask. You can feel scrub of the rosehip seeds & quartz. The mask tingled a little when putting on, but was comfortable. I’ve had masks that are almost painful they tingle so much and get so tight. I left the mask on for 10mins and washed off in a circular motion to exfoliate. My skin was slightly red. Kora recommends following with their KORA - Noni Glow Face Oil. This facial oil is a combination of rosehip, pomegranate, and seabuckorn oils. It’s $85CAD for 1oz. I don’t own this facial oil but followed up with The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I usually only use this oil in the evening because I find it heavy for my morning routine. But, I think it complimented the mask perfectly and after 30mins has completely absorbed into my skin with no oily residue. My skin looks great and refreshed to start the day, even with no make-up. This was a great, relaxing way to start the day, drinking my coffee before the kids got up! Kora Organics has a KORA - Get the Noni Glow Holiday Kitvalue set that includes the mask and noni facial and eye oil. This would be a great gift for the holiday season or a a gift to yourself :) Thanks 😊 @JadesJourney
Turmeric brightening and exfoliating face mask
The newest addition to my @koraorganics family✨ I also have an empty bottle of my Noni glow face oil and 3 (not Instagrammable) empty tubes of the turmeric brightening and exfoliating mask on the side. Yes, They’re both THAT good! Disclaimer: it’s very easy to misunderstand the purpose of the turmeric mask. At first, It looks like your typical mechanical scrub and you’d be tempted to use it as such. Please don’t! You need to use this product as a mask to properly experience all its benefits. In addition to the brightening properties of the turmeric, the mask contains papaya enzymes and Aspen bark, amazing at unclogging pores and fighting acne causing bacteria. If your skin is relatively resilient, try doing what I like to call “masking sprints”, a fun challenge that consists of using the same mask every night for a week. One of my most successful masking sprints was getting to experience the brightening and skin softening properties of the turmeric brightening and exfoliating mask👌🏼✨🥰 What was your@koraorganics Experience like? Any hits? Any misses?KORA - Turmeric BHA Brightening Treatment Mask
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Battle of the enzyme scrubs!
We know physical exfoliants aren’t the best thing for your skin. But, some days you just want a little more scrub. I get some funky flakey areas on my face and once in awhile I like a scrub. Rather than using something with large exfoliants in it, I have been choosing enzyme scrubs. These scrubs use mostly fruit acids to gently get rid of dead skin, but they also contain physical scrubbers as well! The 2 that I’m comparing today are the Wishful HUDA BEAUTY - Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub ($39USD for 100ml at Sephora - Wishful is part of Huda Beauty) and Sun + Moon Sunny Daze Gel Enzyme Scrub ($18.99USD for 151ml at Ulta) Price - Obviously, the Sun + Moon is a better overall value. You get more product for less money. Scent - the both smell like a pina colada due to the pineapple and papaya extracts - yet both contain added fragrance. Ingredients - the ingredient list for the Wishful scrub is much longer as it contains waaaay more natural ingredients, extracts, and oils. The Sun + Moon contains walnut shell as its exfoliant and the Wishful has a much more gentle cellulose as its physical exfoliant. Results - both give a good scrub. If you are acne prone or have sensitive skin, the Sun + Moon scrub might remind your skin too much of good old apricot scrub and be irritating as it has larger bits of walnut. Texture - the 2nd pic here shows the texture of both. The Sun + Moon is a cool gel with bits of walnut. It feels like someone mixed aloe gel and apricot scrub. It’s a little odd. The Wishful scrub feels like baking soda toothpaste. That’s the only way I can describe it. Overall - I think overall I would purchase the Wishful scrub. It’s just a more natural, more gentle product. It leaves my skin nice and shiny and smooth and my pores look smaller/cleaner when I use it. My skin never gets red or irritated from it. When I use it I massage it on and leave it for a minute before washing off. If you have drier skin you will need to moisturize afterward. Do you ever use an enzyme scrub?
My updated skincare routine! 🧖🏻♀️🕊
FEBRUARY 2021 Here’s my updated skincare routine; good for both daytime and nighttime! Left photo - Back in november 2020 Right photo - Taken today February 15th 2021 The products I use : (in order) I make sure my hands have been washed - beforehand! (no pun intended 🥰) 1) Exfoliate (1-2x a week) HUDA BEAUTY - Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub 2) Cleanser (daily; day and night) Benzagel - Acne Wash My doctor recommended it to me to wash away any blackheads, pimples, acne, etc... 3) Serum (day and night) #HUDA BEAUTY - Thirst Trap Juice Serum[products]#[FiveStars] 4) Oil (day and night) HUDA BEAUTY - Get Even Rose Face Oil Tip : To prevent fine lines and “wrinkles”, I began incorporating a lymphatic massage every morning to help with circulation and my facial features! I followed the instructions of Huda’s instagram (@hudabeauty or @wishfulskin) which I highly recommend to try if you’d like to help with the overall look of your skin! 💆🏻♀️💗 5) Moisturizer HUDA BEAUTY - Honey Balm Jelly Moisturizer 6) Sunscreen (daytime only!) LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios XL Lotion SPF 60 7) Eyebrows (daytime only!) MORPHE - The James Charles Palette in the shade “benny” with one of Jeffree Star’s brushes (a collaboration with Morphe!) 👏🏻💕 7.1) Eyebrows (daytime only - if I have time too!) #Just For Men - Mustache & Beard : M-55 - Real Black/ Ultra Noir[products]#[FiveStars] Like indicated up here, before applying James’s products, in the shade "benny", I sometimes will give myself an eyebrow tinting treatment (if that’s how you call it 🥲) and it makes a BIG difference - especially for someone like whose eyebrow hairs are so damn pale... 🥺✨ Anywhooooo - 🌹☺️🌹 That’s all for now, let me know what you think I could improve and what I could do to help with - ☺️👏🏻💗 Take care ✨
Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial
One of my favorite exfoliating masks recently is the BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial which mixes chemical and physical exfoliants to leave your skin completely refreshed. Biossance describes it as as the perfect product to “exfoliate, reduce the look of fine lines, discoloration and enlarged pores.” With all of that packed into one little mask, how could I not want to add this mask into my regular arsenal! USE: apply a thin layer 💕 wait 3-10 minutes 💕 add water 💕 gently massage off. I started with three minutes, but typically use it for more like 5-7 now...I love masks that give you a time range that can be customized to your skin! This can be used up to twice a week (though I use it 1x at most since I have other exfoliants in my routine!) ❗️you MUST wear sunscreen if you’re using a strong exfoliant like this! STAR INGREDIENTS: 🎆 AHAS: the list of chemical exfoliants in this includes glycolic, lactic, malic, and tartaric acids that brighten skin and increase turnover 🎆 Mineral Spheres provide gentle physical exfoliation 🎆 Squalane is an amazing hydrating ingredient and is featured in all of Biossances products 🎆 Hyaluronic Acid is another of my favorite hydrators which pulls moisture in MY TAKE: 🌸 Smell - none 🌸 Texture - I was surprised by how creamy this mask is! It spreads on unbelievably well and comes with a little spatula 🌸 Sensation - this definitely tingles while the acids get to work on my face, but doesn’t burn at all and doesn’t leave me red 🌸 Results - My face is crazy soft after using this mask and it completely clears out my pores and leaves me glowing and brighter. I haven’t seen this yet, but with continued use, the glycolic facial is also intended to reduce fine lines and discoloration. This really is like a full-on at home facial! 🌸 Cost - $68 for 2oz which is very pricey. I got this mask in a Biossance mystery bag ($75 for 2 full size and 4 sample size products) which means I paid more like 30 for this mask. A little bit goes a long way with this mask so it will definitely last! On the whole, this is a beautiful mask that does wonders for my face with its double whammy of chemical and physical exfoliants mixed with my favorite hydrators. It’s worth the price for such a powerful mask, but I don’t think I would repurchase - mainly because I prefer the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial (dreamy 2 minute enzymatic/physical exfoliant mask which I did a whole review on). If you prefer chemical to enzymatic exfoliation, i highly recommend this glycolic facial! What is your go-to mask lately?
BIOSSANCE-Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial
Here are the 3 products I tried through this collab: 💫Klairs Vitamin E Mask – this is a very multi purpose product that can be used as a moisturizer, a mask or a sleeping mask. I’ve tried all three and really enjoyed using this as a sleeping mask! It’s a pudding-like texture that I love just packig on as the last step in my routine to lock in that hydration in the dry winter months 💫Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water – this is a very gentle exfoliating treatment because the molecules that make up mandelic acid is bigger than that of glycolic acid so it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin. I use it with a cotton pad to work the surface of my skin and it helps improve the texture of your skin 💫Jungle Botanics Clay Soap – we are bringing the soap game back! I still have to experiment more with this but so far found this pretty pleasing as it helps to remove excess sebum and dead skin cells. I’ve also been using this on my body and been finding it very pleasing. Have you shopped on Wishtrend before? If not, GO GO GO – their product ranges are amazing and I want everything!
dear, klairs-Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask
bliss is at it again ! Their products are always so Insta-worthy! 🙌🏻 Really though, I was so happy to get the Pore Patrol Deep Detox Four - Clay Soufflé’ Mask and Daily Warming Scrub with Black Volcanic Sand! ✨ The Clay Mask was so exciting to use because I am a huge fan of their masks! It comes in can that disperses the perfect amount of thick, airy clay in just one squirt! It glides on like butter gives you an instant detox without drying out your skin. It doesn’t really have much of a scent, which is a good thing to me. It takes a while to dry, though! I would say if you do a thin layer it could dry in about 20-25 minutes, but if you want a thick coating it will take longer! No matter how long I have left this thing on it always has the same effects so I don’t think that really makes a difference. My face is always soft and silky after using it regardless of it dried or not! 💜 The Warming Scrub comes in a sealed tube that squirts out a nice, gritty paste that immediately warms up upon skin contact. It gently exfoliates to lift away dead skin while minimizing the look of pores.✨ It has a light and fresh mandarin scent which is very pleasing. When I use this I feel comforted from the warming sensation. It’s definitely a nice scrub to have when you want to relax and unwind. It doesn’t seem harsh or irritating all like some scrubs do. ✨
bliss-Pore Patrol Mask
Gimme More for my Pore!
This is Sooo cool!( and Warm! Lol) Y’all this guy was made to be Warm as you hit it to your skin, but as soon as you rinse, a Very cool sensation hits your skin to refine your pores and -lift and loosen- dead skin cells. My boyfriend actually has used ALL of what I bought so I guess he enjoys it as much as I do lol and trust me he’s minimal on his skincare routine (he’s getting there!) If you have larger pores like me (especially around my nose) this is what it is targeted for and the Exact reason as to why I picked it up. I’ve used it a few times and def less than my bf but am Def picking it up again as I noticed there was a reduction in my pores (even w my magnifying mirror lol) and to see my bf happy about a product made me happy as well. If you have sensitive skin I’d be careful w how much you scrub and how long you keep it on but other than that it’s for Everyone! I’ve learned it’s been inspired by Scandinavian Spa’s to be used as both Mental and Physical relaxation which we all can appreciate! Lol. For $28 for 3 oz its def cheaper than having to book a trip to Scandinavia lol!!! OLE HENRIKSEN - Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub
OLE HENRIKSEN-Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub
Korean Beaty Skincare | I Dew Care Disco Kitten
I Dew Care Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel-Off Mask! Oof... that was a mouthful! This is an awesome peel off mask. I use this when I feel that my face is really dirty and just looks shades darker. This helps to even out my skin tone. It contains several flower extracts that provide vitamin rich treatments that helps brighten, soften, and nourish the skin. Pearl and diamond extract work to help brighten and even out the skin tone as well. Due to how sensitive my skin is right now this was drying for me so I had to apply. Thick moisturize after. The peeling action also help remove the dead skin cells on the surface of my face. So happy I receive this product in one of my ipsy bag.
I DEW CARE-Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel-Off Mask
Wow! This guy is a 2-in-1!! It’s a Scrubby cleanser which we All need and love, and is made up of Ginseng and Caffeine. Unlike a lot of other people I HATE coffee (dependent and stains teeth) which is also known as Caffeine, so I am glad I can be dependent on a mask and not the form of a drink! (Lol) This exfoliating scrub is made to gently exfoliate which helps to unclog pores. Which in return makes skin smoother and brighter in a unharsh way. I personally love it so much due to the fact it made my skin feeling squeaky clean for utilizing any product I used after. I Love all Origins products so have used this for Months and since then feel like a younger person (even though in my 30s lol) with the two in one, I enjoyed that in a rush you can wash it right off for a great cleanser, or leave it on your skin for one minute without scrubbing for a light mask/cleanser. I love it it’s for everyone because it’s great for the quick scrub or for one minute use- and gently enough to use daily for everyone! That’s why I recommend it to everybody due to using it as a quick cleanser or an exfoliating scrub if left on long enough. I love also how the texture is very clear so there is no pigment to mess with any skin tone! It’s also silky which is why I placed it on an orange in pics to show its iridescent tone! For its $21 for 5 oz. you are gonna want more!! ORIGINS - GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser
ORIGINS-GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser
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