What the what? Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask

I’ve heard it all when it comes to facial care products. Milk moisturizers. Carrot cleansers. Sugar scrubs. But pull my finger and call me Susie because I’ve never heard of a Chocolate AND Strawberry mask. Sounds so…tasty, uh? Not that I’d go around slurping up a face mask, but you know what I mean. Freeman Beauty has taken two tasty ingredients, thrown ’em in a mask and told us to slather it on our faces.

Like they had to tell me twice…

My skin (per usual, pfftttt!) has been actin’ up something serious so I was due for a good facial mask treatment. Aaaaaand I was excited to see bentonite listed on the ingredient list.

I’ve used bentonite clay before on my skin and hair and have had amazing results. The mask also contains some other ingredients I don’t like to use like parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes but my curiosity got the best of me, so I flipped the top and got to work.

Fragrance-wise, the mask smells lovely. It has a prominent chocolate smell with lower notes of strawberry. When it goes on the face, the smell mellows out and you get more of the clay-smell. The texture is goopey and feels like like wet clay. Since – I guess that’s what it is. I can’t say that it looks pretty through.

I could make a baby diaper joke but I’ll leave that one alone. 😉 I sloshed the mask alllllll over.


The tube didn’t give me a specified wait time but I left it on for a good 10 minutes or so. It hardened  but didn’t get flaky and dusty like some clay masks can get.

Pro’s
-It’s cheap yo. $3.99 for a 6 fl. oz. tube. Woot!
-It’s easy to apply.
-It rinses thoroughly. It didn’t get stuck in my eyebrows.
-It smells sa-weeeeet!
-My skin felt cleaner after use but I didn’t notice any major differences.
-The fragrance was subtle. Which is a great think. Strawberries and chocolate smell wonderful but too strong of a smell and it can bring on a headache.

Con’s
-If you suffer from dry skin (I do), this may not be ideal. Within seconds of washing off and drying, I had dry patches all over my face.
-The ingredient list. Since I have acne-prone skin, I like to stick with preservative free products and I wish this baby had less friends on the ingredient list
-The color isn’t pretty. I know, I know, what can I say? I like pretty colors and this one just looks icky. So do most clay masks though so I can’t knock Freeman Beauty for that one.

If you’re in the market for a new mask, I say give this one a try. Freeman Beauty has a mess load of other facial care products and if their ingredient lists aren’t too extensive, I will definitely give them a try.

You can get this and other Freeman Beauty products from Walmart, Ulta, Duane Reade, CVS, Walgreens, Drugstore.com and Kroger oooooor, you can buy it online.

Whatcha think? Would you try give this mask a spin?

The Sweaty Betty Diaries: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens

Yours truly sweats like a beast. But of course you knew that, didn’t you? My friends are forever laughing at my inability to…not sweat. It’s just plain sad, I tell ya. Okay so yeah. Some of you guys and gals are battling freezing temps but such does not exist in the state of Florida. I sweat year round without prevail. These Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens are hookin’ a sista up though.

Like everything from Boscia, this little pack of sweat bustin’ linens is paraben-free and doesn’t contain any annoying fragrances or super strong scents. Which, of course, is a good thing because y’all know I can’t do super strong fragrances.



A pack of 100 sheets will run you $10, which isn’t a bad price. And I love how they smell.

If I sniff ’em hard enough, I get a faint whiff of tea bag. Any oil-y residue and sweaty bits left on my forehead, cheeks and nose and instantly scooped by the linen. Easy peasy. Every beauty technique should be this easy. Don’t cha think?

You can grab these from Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

A Milk Conditioning Cleanser. No cookies required

Random B Fact: I am severely lactose intolerant. Ya’ll know I’m the Queen of TMI Talk so my revealing this quite common condition among us human species shouldn’t even come as a surprise. When I first heard of glo|Therapeutics’ Conditioning Milk Cleanser, I got all giddy. Very rarely do I come across milk products that don’t have me doubling over in pain.

Okay, more TMI. My bad.

Fact is, the concept of milk cleansers makes sense. Milk can be moisturizing, soothing and conditioning. Why not be it in a face cleanser?

According to glo|Therapeutics this cleanser ‘gently washes away impurities, soothing and protecting the skin with conditioning and antioxidant ingredients’. Because of its non-foaming and gentle formula, it can also be used as a makeup remover. Quite frankly, I prefer oil-based makeup removers since I use sturdy eyeliners and mascaras, but if you don’t wear longwear eye products, I can see how this works as a makeup remover.


As a cleanser – I can’t say it’s one of my favorites. For one, while the formula feels nice and creamy, it is far too perfume-y to me. Even after I rinsed the cleanser off, I could still smell it on my face. I prefer to use products without fragrances and even if I come across one that does use fragrances, I never want them to be long-lasting. Packaging wise, the cleanser has a nice pump that makes distributing in the palm of your hands easy peasy.

Because it doesn’t foam up, the cleanser feels a lot like a lotion.


But unlike a lotion, it doesn’t sink into your skin. I always feel like I REALLY have to rub creamy cleansers in my skin to FEEL like they’re doing something. glo|Therapeutics recommends to gently massage the skin for 60 seconds but I found myself doubling that time.

After rinsing off, it felt great. Nothing exceptional but my skin didn’t feel tight and that’s always a good thing. I do think the cleanser would best be suited for guys and gals with super dry skin though.

I’m not sure if it’s the cleanser for me but if you’re on a mission to try something new, I would definitely give it a whirl. You can snag it from gloprofessionals.com.

Whatcha think? You down for trying a milk cleanser?

Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask. And uh…it really is black.

I’m not gonna lie, yo. I wish it would get a little cooler in Orlando. As I type this, I am lounging on my patio as a breeze cools the 83 degree temps. I know, I know. I should be grateful. I could be shoveling snow. But come on! It’s the holiday season and who could blame a gal for wanting to have a bit of a chill? *pouts*

Anywhoovers, so we all know how much I love Boscia’s Clarifying Detox mask. I’ve been using it religiously for a good two months now. I also managed  to get myself on the highly coveted Luminizing Black Mask. I’ve been wanting to try this mask since I laid eyes on it last year.

Shout out to being able to do facials at home! Now I’ve tried all kinds of masks, y’all. But I have yet to try a black one.

I just knew it would be fantastical. I mean, seriously…can Boscia do any wrong? Not in my book.

What Sephora says about the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask,

“This jet-black, mineral-rich mask creates a unique peel-off effect that delivers powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening results. Made with a premiere-quality clay, its deep-cleansing properties draw out dirt and oil. Other natural ingredients go to work exfoliating skin and refining pores. Powerful antioxidants shrink pores, firm skin, and reduce inflammation. Once dried, the mask strips away dead skin, impurities and excess oil to reveal immediate and visible results.”

Like all Boscia products, this mask is without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes and phthalates. If you find that your skin is super sensitive to most masks, I recommend giving this one a try as it gentle enough not irritate your skin but powerful enough to draw yucky stuff out of those clogged pores. I love how this mask doesn’t sting. I can appreciate the “stinging” effect in some masks but most times, I don’t want to feel that kind of sensation. In fact, I love when I forget that a mask is on. This baby is so comfortable that I accidentally went to sleep with it on.

Crazy, right? I woke up in my morning and felt it lifting from the sides and after a few tugs, it gently peeled away from my face. I was left with smooth skin. So smooth that I didn’t even feel the need to put on a moisturizer. Niiiice!

Pro’s

-It’s fragrance-free.
-Feels cool to the touch and is easy to apply.
-Removes easily.

Con’s

-Is a little on the pricey side at $34.
-Can be a wee bit messy.
-Takes some time to dry. This isn’t a 5-minute mask.

If you’re in the market for it, I would definitely check this mask out. It’s the perfect weekly pick me up for your skin. Especially if the winter weather has your skin a little weary.

Not that I can relate or anything. Pfft. You can grab this baby at Sephora stores or at Sephora.com.

 

Can facial cleansers double as makeup removers?

Soooo, I’m back with another St. Ives product that I can’t believe I’ve never tried. I thought I had given just about ALL of St. Ives products a spin buuuut I guess not. Have you seen this baby in stores?

Retailing for a little less than $4, this gentle cleanser also doubles as a makeup remover.


I am always skeptical of such gimmicks. After all, I’m a beauty blogger and skepticism is one of my finest traits. A cleanser that promises to not only cleanse the skin AND remove makeup must be good enough to cleanse thoroughly as well as remove making without drying out the skin. It’s the kind of product that will only work for guys and gals with certain skin types. The consistency of the cleanser is like a lotion.

In fact, it looks and feels exactly like lotion. But if you were to rub it in your skin, it wouldn’t sink in as effortlessly as lotion does. When rubbed together a bit, it because slightly frothy and creamier. And I do mean slightly.

When thrown on the face and mixed with water, it still feels just like a lotion. It took a ton of rubbing in for me to “feel” like I was cleansing my skin. You know, because, like many, I’m used to cleansers foaming up. But despite the foams and bubbles, I felt like the cleanser really did its job. My skin felt clean and after wiping my face on a hand towel, I didn’t see a left of leftover concealer. Score! It removed my mascara and gel liner with ease too. Eyeliner on the waterline is a bit tricky, though, because if you get it too close to your eyes, you may endure some burning. I’m okay with using a regular oil-based eye makeover remover for the hardcore eye cosmetics.

I’m thinking this cleanser is best suited for those with normal to dry skin. Because it can be a bit emollient, it may be too moisturizing for those with oily skin. I’m sold!

Another win from St. Ives. Woot!

Lovin’ glō•therapeutics Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub. Nom nom nom!

I’ve got pumpkin on my face! Cool, uh? I’ve tried beauty products with all kinds of fruits and veggies in them but this is my first time test driving a skincare product with pumpkin in it.

Speaking of pumpkins…do you like them? I don’t. Pumpkin seeds are just okay, pumpkin bread is no bueno and I’d much rather eat sweet potato pie over pumpkin pie. But I can’t deny how yummy a whiff of pumpkin anything smells. Such is the case with glō•therapeutics’ Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub.

What glō•therapeutics says about the scrub,

“Removes dead skin cell build up and stimulates cell regeneration with granules and

enyzmes that exfoliate without stress or irritation to the skin.”

Some of the scrub’s active ingredients:

Date Seeds & Jojoba Beads – provide natural, gentle physical exfoliation without stress to the skin
-Zeolite – a porous mineral that has the ability to help trap impurities for removal from the skin
-Pumpkin Enzymes – pumpkin is naturally rich in antioxidant bioflavonoids and vitamin A that assist in breaking down dead and irregular cellular buildup
-Fungal Protease – mushroom enzymes that helps breakdown fats, proteins and carbohydrates
Fruit Enzymes – softens and smoothes the skin
L-sodium Hyaluronate – (a.k.a. hyaluronic acid) enhances elasticity, lubrication, plumpness and moisture of skin and also has healing properties

$30 will get you a 1.7 oz bottle. Although the directions say that you only need to use the scrub 2-4 times a week, you may run out within a month or so if you REALLY like it. I think this product would be a better bargain if they gave you at least an extra ounce or two. It is certainly one of the most interesting scrubs that I’ve used.

At first squirt, it doesn’t appear to look any different from the average scrub. Until you rub it in…

It has a bumpy consistency. If almost feels like a pot of grits that didn’t cook thoroughly. Slightly creamy but still on the bumpy side. The fragrance, however, is divine….

If you love the smell of pumpkins, you’ll love this scrub. The fragrance wasn’t too overpowering but considering this was the first time I had ever smelled a pumpkin beauty product, I was in love!

If you’ve got super sensitive skin, fret not as I think this scrub does a great job exfoilating without being too harsh. The granules in all of their bumpy fashion feel good when rubbed on the skin, but they don’t hurt. It took awhile to rinse the scrub off but once I did, my skin felt ah-mazing. It didn’t give me a deep cleanse (you know, like how my Clarisonic gives me) but it felt wonderful and is an ideal scrub for pampering the skin before bed.

I’m starting to fall for glō•therapeutics. This brand is slowly but surely rocking my world.

Want some pumpkin in your life? You can grab this scrub online here.

Hello Kitty brush set. How ca-ute!

Ohmigoodness, I can’t stand Hello Kitty’s cutest. I swear It increases by the second. Take this Hello Kitty Beauty brush set from Sephora, for example…

Okay, don’t laugh. It is hella hard trying to take a picture of a metallic brush set without showing my reflection. Still. It’s cute though, uh? I’ve had my eyes on that for quite some time and I am super excited about getting the opportunity to review it. With the holidays coming up, folx are gearing up for holiday finds and this may be one that you  need to add to your list.

Who is this brush set for? An avid Hello Kitty fan, no doubt. But are the brushes up to par?

They’re okay. These are synthetic travel-size brushes. I wish the website actually said that because I’m pretty sure many folx purchased without knowing the the brushes would be so small. I like travel size brushes. But of course, only for traveling. The best thing about these brushes?

Each brush let’s you know its function. That’s pretty groovy. The brushes include:

– Face Brush
– Eyeshadow Brush
– Shader/Blending Brush
– Angled Eyeliner Brush
– Lip Brush

They feel good. While they aren’t super scratchy they aren’t insanely soft either. Which is a good thing. The downfall about the brush container is that it can only house travel size items. If you decide to use it for an eyeliner or regular sized brush, it simply won’t fit. That kinda sucks.

That said, I think this is perfect for the Hello Kitty obsessed who don’t have high makeup and beauty demands. For gals who want something to look pretty and don’t require much when it comes to makeup storage, this is perfect.

Priced at $49, it’s a bit on the ‘spensive side, but hey…HK isn’t always a cheap gal.

You can grab this Hello Kitty brush set from Sephora locations and Sephora.com.

Laura Mercier gave me a flawless face!

When approached with the idea of trying out some Laura Mercier products, I so couldn’t say no. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Madam Mercier’s foundations and concealers and was super de duper (name that show) to get the opportunity to review some thangs.

I was asked to test drive the Hydrating Foundation Primer, Creme Smooth Foundation, Secret Camouflage concealer and the Invisible Loose Setting Powder. Now keep this in mind — I am not a regular foundation wearer. Because of my skin’s crazy acne-prone tendencies, I like to keep as much product off of it as possible. Even though I’ve reviewed several foundations before, I am still a wee bit of a foundation newbie. Mascara pro? Yep! Foundation pro? Not even close. Before I go into how everything looked when used together, let’s highlight the team players first.

Coming in at $40 and 1.7 oz is the Foundation Primer.

Okay, I’ll be honest. I never really understand the point of foundation primers. Sure they can smooth out the skin and provide a bit more moisture before applying the foundation, but is it really necessary? I’m not sure if I can answer that question or not still, but I know one thing…this is one dynamic primer. The silky gel-like consistency was lightweight and felt great on my skin.

I like that it’s not silicone-based as primers with that consistency tend to bead up and feel drier on my skin. If I’m going to wear a primer, then I’d much rather rock one that feels hydrating and light.

Then there’s the dual-tone concealer they call Secret Camouflage ($28).

My sample shade is in SC-6 which is described to be best for those with rich, dark with yellow skin tones. I chuckled when I first read that description because yes, while my skin may be rich and dark, I don’t have yellow undertones. Buuuut, I found this concealer to work anyway. While I do wear concealer on a regular basis, it is usually a concealer that is close to my skin tone, not lighter.

Ideally, it is best to go lighter when using concealer and Secret Camouflage did that for. I did, however, find myself only using the darker shade over the lighter one. Still, I think it’s cool that you get two shades. It makes for great mixing for us gals with various shades all over.

Now the star of the show was certainly the Creme Smooth Foundation ($50).

Hold your laughter in, but I don’t think I’ve ever used a cream foundation. How un beauty blogger-ish of me, uh? My biggest fear was that I was going to make a complete mess. But look, Mommy…I’m a big kid! I didn’t make a mess. This creamy dreamy foundation in Toffee Brown was a pleasure to work with. Application was simple and painless. I was shocked at how lightweight the foundation felt throughout the day.

Because it was of a creamy consistency, I was expecting to feel a bit of weight to it. But no, darlings. Nada. In fact, until a coworker complimented me on how luminous my skin looked, I forgot that I had on foundation. For someone who doesn’t wear it on a regular, THIS is the kind of foundation I would prefer. Coverage was phenomenal in that it managed to cover my acne scars and hyperpigmentation. My only gripe with the foundation would be that there doesn’t seem to be many richly hued (coined by Sam Fine) color selections. After my shade, there is only one more. I so think line could cover a few more shades.

And coming in last is the Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($34).

I firmly believe in setting powders. Especially if you’re like me and tend to get a little oily throughout the day. Problem is, most translucent powders end up making me look like a ghost. I still got a bit of a white cast with this powder, but a whole bunch of buffing got rid of it.

Did I buff it all the way off or  is just that good? I don’t knowwww….8)

Now here’s where the magic begins. My skin without foundation.

See that hyperpigmentation?

Application of the Secret Camouflage.

I never feel like I need to applying concealer under my eyes but wanted to give it a try. Looks great!

To apply the foundation, I used a skunk brush…

Dapped the foundation all over.

And bam…

I only applied foundation on one side. Can you tell which side?

Scars covered!

With flash…

In natural light.

Yep, I’m impressed and I see why Laura Mercier has rave reviews all over. While the foundation has a high price point, I’m all about investing in something that I’ll wear every day. Serious foundation wearers may cringe over a price tag, but at the end of the day, if they love it, they’ll buy it and keep buying it. I’ll be going to a few super fancy events this season and can’t wait to rock the foundation and siblings. I’m an eternal fan.

Laura believes there are four steps to create a flawless face—primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder. Each product has been specifically developed to allow every woman to achieve an incredibly even, smooth, yet natural-looking complexion.

For more information on Laura’s flawless philosophy and tips on how to use each product within each step is located here.

Have you tried anything from Laura Mercier?

 

 

Disclosure:

Compensation was provided by Laura Mercier via Glam Media. I received a sample to review as part of the program. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Laura Mercier.