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.

 

Avon ANEW GENICS Treatment Cream

If there is one kind of product that I don’t review enough on Clumps of Mascara, it’s anti-aging products. I’m not going to pretend that I’m some pre-teen with perfect skin but I’m not exactly an octogenarian either. I sit comfortably in the middle. Unlike most women, I don’t lie about my age. I am 26 and proud yo! Buuuut, I do battle acne and while my skincare regimen isn’t full of anti-aging products, I do use eye creams and wrinkle creams. Not because I feel like I have to but you know…just to get myself in the habit.

Avon has recently released ANEW GENICS Treatment Cream and it comes with a whole heap of promises. According to the website, users can undo up to 10 years with just 4 weeks of regular use.

Do I think that’s a bit of a stretch? Maybe. But with its rave reviews and decent price point at $38, I definitely think it’s worth a try. I took it for a bit of a test drive to get an idea of the consistency and um yeah…it kinda rocks.

While intended to be used as a night cream, I find it to be moisturizing enough to wear during the day as well. It’s thick enough to provide enough moisture on your skin but didn’t appear to be too greasy or oily.

Which is always a plus if you suffer from acne-prone skin. In addition to reducing the look of wrinkles, the Anew Genetics Treatment cream can improve the appearance of discoloration. My gals with hyperpigmentation are singing praises as I type.

So yes, while I don’t think I have much use for this cream at the moment, what kind of beauty blogger would I be, if I didn’t let you know about the latest and greatest in skincare?

You can snag this anti-aging piece of wonder from the Avon website or flag down your favorite Avon representative to place an order.

So what do you think? Do you get down with using anti-aging products?

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.

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask: Perfect for all skin types.

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve worn a face mask. In a sense that’s a good and bad thing. Good because I haven’t felt like I’ve needed one but bad because my skin isn’t getting any pampering. I think that regular use of a face mask can be beneficial to any and everyone. From us kids with acne prone skin to those of us wanting to keep our eczema at bay and my wrinkle bustin’ guys and girls….face masks can give our faces that extra bit of moisturization and smoothness. Not to mention they just feel hella good! Nothing spells “I don’t really have the funds for a facial but I still want to treat my skin” like an at-home face mask.

I am normally a make-my-own face mask kind of gal but this Clarifying Detox Mask from Boscia has me ob-sessed.

Have you heard of Boscia before? If you’re a lover of skin care products without parabens, synthetic ingredients, fragrances and dyes, you’ve got to get Boscia on your radar.

What Sephora has to say about the Clarifying Detox Mask:

“This  deep-cleansing clay mask contains pure botanicals, herbs, & select ingredients like kaolin clay and phellodendron bark to absorb impurities, control excess oil, detoxify/renew your skin from deep within.

A unique combination of anti-irritants and purifying agents soothe and refine the appearance of pores as powerful antioxidants along with other therapeutic elements revitalize skin and help protect against the appearance of aging. Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin.” (source)

 

It’s a simple face mask. It promises no tricks and doesn’t have any extra frills. I appreciate that. Simple is best when it comes to my skin and I’m glad that Boscia’s philosophy falls in line with that. The face mask feels clay-like; nice and thick and doesn’t have any prominent smells.

Right up my alley! Since testing it, I’ve been using it weekly. I looooove how it makes my skin feel. So much that I had to show y’all.

My skin before:

Mask on:

 

FACT: Voguing while wearing a mask makes the results 10x better. It’s true.

 

5 minutes later:

 

Super clean skin that isn’t doesn’t feel dry and tight. This is VERY important as dry skin can irritate my eczema and that introduces a whole ‘nother leap of problems.

PROs
-This mask is ideal for sensitive skin. It’s super gentle!
-Nice consistency
-Fragrance-free. This means A LOT to me
-It doesn’t tingle
-It is easy to apply and rinses thoroughly
-It’s only $25. Epic price for an all-natural face mask

Cons
-Like all masks, you want to moisturize immediately afterwards! Not necessarily a “con” but definitely something to think about.

Yup…only one Con. This mask is that fantastic and if you’re in the market for one, snag this kid from Sephora.

A night cream for a beauty queen

So remember when I told y’all Palmer’s Cocoa Butter was making facial care products too? Yep yep! In addition to a great Daily Facial Lotion, they also have a Night Renewal Cream.

But wait…that’s not the best part. The best part is that the jar comes in one of those cupcake papers. Eeeee!!

I know. But the smallest things bring so much joy to my face. Literally. But I digress…

The packaging of this cream is quite thorough. It covers everythiiiiing.


This cream goes for $8.47 at Wal-Mart. Not bad at ‘tal. Because it’s a night cream, it’s a bit thicker than a moisturizer you would wear throughout the day. In fact, I found it to be so thick that it did well as a hand cream.

According to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, the Night Cream has anti-aging properties. I don’t look for skincare products to have such but it’s always good to good to get an early start. I love how decadent that cream feels.

It practically sank right into my skin. I think I’ll hold on to this for when the winter months hit. Then again, I live in Florida. The winter months consist of December and January. 8) Either way, if you’re looking to add a night cream to your beauty routine, this isn’t a bad one.

Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe Soap. But it’s not purty.

I’m a total Kiss My Face fan but I’m on the fence about this soap.

It has a grassy/plant-y smell and the color of the bar isn’t all that attractive. The saving grace of this soap, however, is how good it makes my skin feel. And it contains so few ingredients that you don’t have to worry about your skin flaring up. The aloe is soothing and the olive oil is moisturizing. They are available in several fragrances (Olive & Honey, Olive & Tea Tree, Olive & Lavender, etc) and you can snag 4 bars for under $5.99.

Still. There’s something about the color of the bar that makes me unhappy. Am I exaggerating? Whatcha think?