Empties! Skincare Edition

“If I ignore the fact I have a new empties post monthly,
that means I’m not spending $$, right?”

Here I am. Back again. WITH. MORE. SKINCARE. EMPTIES. I would say I’m ashamed, but truly I am not, so, here we are. I will confidently type on this keyboard to let you know what I thought of six skincare empties and if I will be repurchasing or NAH.

Want the tea? I’m about to spill it.

First up, one of my favorites in the bunch, Hey Honey’s Detoxifying mud mask (retails for $54.00).

I originally reviewed this product here, so you can see I’ve been on the Hey Honey skin-detoxing train for awhile now. I admit, yes, it’s pricey. That will take a few paydays before you want to pull the trigger.

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HOWEVER – H O W E V E R…… I love it. I notice an actual difference in my skin/pores the next morning. It also doubles as a mild exfoliant with the tiny beeds in the mask. It doesn’t smell the greatest, but IDGAF, it’s so good. This will leave you with softer skin and less gunk in your pores. And it’s mild. It doesn’t dry down to a stiff mask on your face. I do not notice any irritation. I will absolutely be splurging on the larger tub of this as I cannot live without! It’s one of my holy grail face masks.

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Next up is my second favorite item, and that was a DIY body scrub I made in a class led by Nyambi Naturals, a Philadelphia practicer of homegrown therapies. We used calendula-infused grapeseed oil, lavender and mint essential oils, and sugar to create this magic and I reached for this every other day for the two weeks it was good for.
*It expires after two weeks since there are no preservative ingredients – ALL FRESH.

This made my skin feel incredible. The formula also includes castor soap, which cleanses the body along with exfoliation. I freaking loved this stuff and need to invest in a double-boiler to make more! Lmk if any of y’all would be interested in a DIY post on how to make this body scrub.

The next product has become another holy grail of mine and that is the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm (retails for $29.50).

Previously, I’ve reviewed this product here and you can read all about my infatuation with it. Yes, I have repurchased and intend to do so again and again. It does not irritate my skin or break me out and cleanses my entire layer of makeup before I go in with my face wash.

Next we have TWO Mario Badescu products (not surprising, tbh) and the first one is the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater (smaller bottle is $7.00). This spray is awesome and is a cult-favorite for a reason. Sets your makeup in place all day, smells refreshing, and takes away the powdery look of your finished face. I have previously repurchased this setting spray and will probably continue to do so – I have yet to find one better and the price is ON POINT.

My second Mario Badescu product is their Whitening Mask ($24.00 for 2 oz.)

This is ideal for all skin and aims to reveal brighter and smoother skin beneath the surface. I love all MB face masks. I think they do wonders and pack a punch – not to mention, they’re based at an affordable rate. I would use this mask where I experience discoloration and dehydration (mainly forehead and cheeks), but I will be repurchasing and trying this out under my jawline where I have recently been dealing with adult acne (oh, the joys).

My last product is the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil for treating blemishes (normally $10 but on sale for $6 as I write this).

This product WORKS, I’ll say that much. I think I need a new bottle and will always keep this around for evenings before big events when I feel a blemish coming on. You want to stop an under-the-skin blemish before it even makes its way to the top? Rub this in before bed.

Although, I recently learned from a facial specialist that your body absorbs a lot of the toxins you slather on top of it (think: face wash, masks, spot treatments) and so for this reason I am slowing my roll on the tea tree oil – I used to go ham on this stuff. It’s time it takes a backseat but will I be repurchasing for those stubborn blemishes? Hellz yeah.

So those are this month’s skincare empties. Hope you enjoyed! Found something new, or reminded yourself of one of these products you love and haven’t used in awhile? Lemme know in the comments! I love talking through skincare products.

Xoxo,
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Facial Friday: Tea Tree Face Mask Review

“There are similar/better products for a fraction of the price.”

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Price: $17.00

Let me start by saying I am a firm believer in The Body Shop skincare line. I will stand behind their tea tree oil for spot-treating blemishes until the day I leave this earth.

HOWEVER.

I gotta be honest here, The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing mud mask really didn’t do it for me. It’s not that it didn’t work, but I feel I get the same results when I use drugstore brands. For starters, this little pot of mud is $17.00. I can get a tube of Freeman’s Charcoal and Black Sugar mud mask for $4.29 at CVS. In my opinion, this mask performs the same duties: smoothes the skin and helps clear blemishes. (see mini review here)

For the record: I have been using this mask 1-2 times a week for three weeks. On Ulta’s website, the Body Shop claims that this mask works to draw out excess oil from the pores, but I haven’t noticed a change in oil production. I also haven’t noticed an improvement in my blemishes, nor are they being “prevented.”

I will give it this: the mask feels soothing on the skin, and once activated there is a tingly sensation on your face that feels like the mask is really working. It does not dry down quickly, nor does it leave your skin feeling super tight by the time you’re ready to wash it off.

PROS:

  • lightweight formula which doesn’t dry down to a skin-tight feeling
  • tea tree scent is not overwhelming
  • a little seems to go a long way – I think the tub will last me awhile

CONS:

  • I feel like I get the same results for less $$ elsewhere
  • it hasn’t worked “wonders” to clear my skin or absorb excess oil
  • the price tag

So that’s my summary! I will say, regardless of my opinions on this mask, it will definitely last me awhile, which could make the $17 worth it. That being said, I would also like to give their Seaweed Oil-Balancing clay mask a go.  This mask is $23.00, so I will wait until I finish the tea tree one before I jump into that purchase. I firmly believe the Body Shop has the potential to wow me when it comes to skincare, and considering it’s an investment, it may be worth it. Anything to balance out the oil in my face would be a godsend.

What is your favorite skincare item from the Body Shop? Should I be trying some other items? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I love hearing new ideas/products to try.

Xoxo,
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Magical Makeup Monday: Mini Ulta Haul

“How do I still have money leftover on my gift card?”

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I finally gave in and went on my first Ulta haul since receiving a gift card over the holidays. For me, this means typically means skincare and lip products (admittedly). However, I have a couple other various products in this mini haul as well. Below are the products I intended to get, and did indeed purchase, and my first impressions for you!

The big-ticket item I’ve had my sights set on for a couple months now was The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. I am soooo excited to finally get my hands on this, as I’ve heard marvelous reviews on the benefits and results others have found in this face mask. I don’t have particularly troublesome skin, but I definitely have problem areas I’d like to target with this mask. The first few times I use it, I will try it all over my face. However, if it starts to disappear quickly (as it was not particularly cheap), I may just use it to target my problem areas. Full review to come, as I am highly anticipating this product.

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$17.00

To no surprise, my next item is also a face mask, though much more affordable. I may or may not be slightly obsessing over skincare recently, but whatever. Better than spending my $$ on drinking, no? Anyways, I have particularly oily skin and have been hoping to find something to combat shine that I can add to my skincare routine. Anytime I’m in the drugstore, I find the same Freeman’s face masks. Alas, Ulta had more variety when I visited! I picked up the Freeman’s Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask + Scrub. This is meant to, “instantly tone, purify, and mattify for a flawless complexion.” This face mask works one of two ways:

  1. You can use it as a daily cleanser by massaging onto damp skin and rinsing it off after you use it.
  2. OR you can use this as a face mask by applying to dry skin (after already cleansing your face) and letting it dry for 3-5 minutes, but no more than 10 minutes. This is the way I intend to use this mask.

*note: I couldn’t find the link to this! The closest I found was the Freeman’s 4-in-1 Apple Cider Vinegar Foaming Clay Mask and that is not what mine is.

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$4.29

My third item is my final skin product, and that’s the Soap & Glory Hand Food cream. I bought this on a whim while waiting in line to checkout (as most of us do tehe). This is the sample size, and actually my first Soap & Glory purchase! I have high hopes for this and did use it last night, waking up with refreshingly softer hands. I am one of the many people whom suffer with dry hands in the winter, and this hand cream has the potential to be a savior of mine. Did I also mention it’s probably one of the best scents I’ve ever smelled?

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$4.00

My final two products are both from the Essence brand, and that is their clear eyebrow gel and lip liner in Satin Mauve. I am new to lip liners, and have just began to branch out. I’m excited to try this liner as I feel it is a good affordable starting place for pencils. The color pairs perfectly with nude/pink lipsticks, and I’m excited to report my findings with this. Is it kiss proof? What lipstick does it look best with? I will report back!
Cost: $1.99


The eyebrow gel is to tame my brows in between waxing! Admittedly, I still go back to my hometown to get my brows done (as I am not yet willing to trust anyone else with them). So, the result is clear brow gel in hopes that it will tame them until I find the time to go home and clean them up! Tried this out today and it held them down perfectly, making them appear much more groomed than they are. Love the application and the price point is unbeatable.
Cost: $2.99

Let me know if any of you have tried these products! I am always open to new suggestions and thoughts to various skincare/makeup routines.

Xoxo,
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