#novmaskdestash Week 2

The second week has come and gone. I experimented a bit this week by trying some unusual brands. Once I further deplete my stash, I’ll need to search up some of this weeks brands. This week didn’t go so well, check out the bottom of my post to see why.

Here is what I’ve used this week.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask BlackBerry

I chose the Innisfree blackberry mask after having done some serious exfoliation the day before. It’s for firmness and healthy skin. It’s made with a creamy type essence that made my skin a bit sticky when I took it off. I think it smells great and I think it really softens up my skin.

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Beautymate 3D Multiple Refining Smooth V Mask

This is a Taiwanese mask from the company beautymate. This is the 3D Multiple Refining Smooth V Mask. It’s made from porous pearl paper. It’s for firming, whitening,  refining, moisturizing and smothing.  I actually assumed this was one of those chin mask thinfs before I opened it based on the V mask deal. It’s actually a full face sheet mask. It has no real odor and makes my skin a little tingly. This is the first time I’ve tried a mask from this company, and so far I’m impressed. I think I got this in a mask genie bag.

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Mediheal Eye Mask

I’m using a mediheal eye mask for today’s #novmaskdestash ! It’s apparently for wrinkles and skin elasticity,  but I just feel a bit like batman.  I think I may have actually put this on upside down but it still works so I’m not fussed. It’s a very saturated mask but it didn’t slide even though I was wearing it while walking around. It contains phyto black complex,  marine collagen and silk peptide.

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Sasatinnie Aloe & Olive

It’s a new to me branded mask for today’s #novmaskdestash . This is a sasatinnie mask in aloe & olive. It’s a deep moist silky mask according to the package. It’s a mask designed to brighten, hydrate and nourish. There’s a slight olive oil like smell but it’s not off putting or anything like that. After taking it off, my skin is so so soft… until it went fiery red.

I had a pretty bad reaction after the sasatinnie mask. I’m not 100% sure if it was the mask or something else I came in contact with but my face, neck and the upper part of my chest was bright red and very hot to the touch.  Because of that,  I’ve taken a brief break and will start using masks again tomorrow. I didn’t meet my goal of 5 masks this week, but hopefully that’s understandable. The only thing that helped to sooth it was some cucumber coolint gel that I had (which was applied very liberally).

Had anyone else ever had a reaction like that?

Cheers,

Kristen

#Novmaskdestash- Week 1

One week into my instagram challenge (check out #novmaskdestash for more info!) and I’ve done fairly well. I’ve used quite a few masks this past week, and I’ve had a few other bloggers/vloggers take up the challenge with me. (Feel free to join! I love checking out the pictures)

 

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Esfolio Gold Mask

This is a moisturizing mask that actually contains colloidal gold. It also has hyaluronate, cucumber, and witch hazel. It simply soaked in essence, but it’s not drippy. The fit isn’t the best. It doesn’t quite get all of my forehead. It didn’t leave a sticky residue and made my skin surprisingly soft.

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Angellooka Ultra moisturizing hand mask pack

I actually just received this mask the other day in my Beauteque bag but couldn’t wait to use it. This is a hand mask so it comes with two little gloves that you wear for 15-20 minutes. The packaging claims you can use a touch screen while wearing (you can!). They’re also warming, which was pretty weird. It heated up quite a bit, almost to the point of feeling prickly. This mask made my hands super soft. There is a bit of a smell, but nothing overwhelming. Great mask!

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Hanaka V-Line Enchancing Mask

 

 

It’s supposed to enhance your v-line (???) and contains collagen and centella asiatica. This mask is a bit weird. It has ear holes that you hook on the side of your ears to hold the mask in place. It covers my entire chin and most of my neck. It has a faint smell but nothing bothersome. It’s decently saturated with essence, but not to the point that it drips. I really like the packaging on this mask. I think the queen of hearts theme is adorable.

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Hanaka black rose acne fighting mask

This mask has great amusement value and promoted me to take many ridiculous selfies. It works a bit like one of those pore nose strips but is way messier. It has no odor and is a bit tingly on my face. I stuck to applying this to oilier areas of my face because I didn’t want to dry out my cheeks. When it’s dry, you peel it off and out comes some pore gunk with it. I don’t know if I’d ever buy a full size, but this one-time package is fun.

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My Beauty Diary Mexican Cactus

I love these masks. They are one of my favorites to grab when I need an extra boost of hydration for my skin. They’re saturated with essence and while the fit isn’t stellar, it still works great.

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It’s Skin Magic Shaping v-mask sheet

This is another one of those really weird v-line masks. I’m not sure why I had one, let alone two. It’s like hydrogel on one side and fabric on the other. It’s a bit of a tight fit.

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Skinfood Deep Sea Water Mask

It’s the deep sea water mask for brightening. The fit is ok. It doesn’t sit well on my nose and there was extra under my chin. The smell is faintly floral (which is a bit weird). This mask is simply saturated in essence. It left my skin soft and feeling moisturized.

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Leaders Amino Acid Ac-Free Mask

Today’s mask is a Leaders brand mask that is an amino acid ac-free mask and is for oily skin types. It’s calming and contains aspartic acid, AHA, BHA, and snail secretion filtrate. It is a very saturated mask that fits my face well. It’s so saturated that it ran down my neck a bit. There is no real odor. It left my skin a little bit sticky, but that dissipated after an hour or so.

Overall:

I thought this week went fairly well. I was well over my goal of 5 masks (I did 8). I even managed to find time to do one while traveling somewhere overnight. Hopefully, I will be able to reduce my mask collection to a slightly more reasonable level this month.  Stay tuned for more mask reviews!

Cheers,

Kristen

Sample September: Halfway

If you’re like me, then you likely have ridiculous amounts of foil packet and mini samples kicking around. But… until I sat down and actually grouped them in one place, I hadn’t realized just how many I had lying around.

This is where the #SampleSept challenge from the blogger over at LovetoBeBusy comes in. It’s mostly on instagram, but I plan on posting a bit about it here. Essentially, you organize your samples to see just how bad your inadvertant hoarding has become (I was shocked at how many I had stashed around) and you take note of how many per category. The goal is simple– use as many as you can throughout September.

We are now roughly halfway through the sample September challenge and I’ve made some headway in terms of getting rid of samples:

  • Nose- 4 3
  • Teeth- 3
  • Body- 4 1
  • Sunscreen- 1
  • Face- 40 34
  • shampoo/conditionner- 11  5
  • perfume- 19 8
  • makeup- 16
  • lotions- 17 7
  • Hair treatment- 5 3

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Well, I’m rather surprised at how many I’ve managed to get rid of. I still have quite a few left, but 40 packets gone is still 40 used up. I’ve gotten creative with some of them. For example, I’ve been sticking the perfume sample sheets in my tom-style canvas shoes because frankly, they weren’t smelling very nice and I found this helps a little bit. I’ve also been finding that if I want to moisturize more than just my arms or my legs, it actually takes more than one packet of moisturizer, so they will be used up within the week.

Let me know if you’re participating and if you’re blogging or instagramming about it! I’d love to check it out!

Cheers,

Kristen

Sample September

If you’re like me, then you likely have ridiculous amounts of foil packet and mini samples kicking around. But… until I sat down and actually grouped them in one place, I hadn’t realized just how many I had lying around.

This is where the #SampleSept challenge from the blogger over at LovetoBeBusy comes in. It’s mostly on instagram, but I plan on posting a bit about it here. Essentially, you organize your samples to see just how bad your inadvertant hoarding has become (I was shocked at how many I had stashed around) and you take note of how many per category. The goal is simple– use as many as you can throughout September.

Going into the challenge, I have a few more samples than I originally thought. (They seem to hide in plain sight!) For this challenge, here’s what I had as of September 1st:

  • Nose- 4
  • Teeth- 3
  • Body- 4
  • Sunscreen- 1
  • Face- 40
  • shampoo/conditionner- 11
  • perfume- 19
  • makeup- 16
  • lotions- 17
  • Hair treatment- 5

Total: 120

The fact that I had so many of those around without actually realizing it is astonishing. I plan on posting halfway through a quick update and a conclusion at the end of the month. I hope to see that some of you guys take this challenge with me! Decluttering isn’t a bad thing! If anything, it’s useful.

Let me know if you’re participating and if you’re blogging or instagramming about it! I’d love to check it out!

Cheers,

Kristen

Stacie Marie Essentials

Awhile back, I was contacted by the owner of Stacie Marie Essentials after including one of their products in an empties post. I was asked if I would like to try and review some other products, and I happily agreed.  In this email exchange, we discussed what scents I liked, but beyond that it was a bit of a suprise what I would get in the mail.  (I like surprises!) It took awhile for these items to ship (I hate Canada Post/ customs sometimes). But, they finally arrived and I’ve tested them out. And now, I’m sharing them with you.

The owner/creator of Stacie Marie Essentials has an interesting history. She grew up using these types of products and has now begun sharing what she knows with everyone. From the creator,Stacie Marie, (on the website),

My goal is to promote and improve your health and beauty with our products that are healthy and free of toxins, for you and your loves ones as well as our environment.

Radiate Beauty from the outside in!!

 

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Organic Lotion Bar

This is a lotion bar that comes in a little tin. It also has a sort of wrapper around it to keep it from sticking to the tin. The wrapper also makes it easier to pick up and apply. I sort of rub it onto my skin like I would a deodorant bar (if that makes sense).  I think this is actually a great sized product as it’s not too cumbersome to use. It’s 2 oz and fits into the palm of my hand.

What I really like about this is the smell. I have this in Cucumber& Melon. At first you really smell the melon but once it settles into your skin, the cucumber is more apparent. I find this to be so relaxing and refreshing. (Though if Cucumber & Melon isn’t your cup of tea, this also comes in: Lavender, Lemongrass, Crisp Anjou Pear, Sweet Orange, Plumeria, Pumpkin Spice, Royal, Bay rum, Jasmine, Gardenia, Honeysuckle, Calendula, Cold & Flu, Bruise Salve, Peppermint, Pathchouli and You are My Heart)

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance/Pure Essential Oils, Arrowroot Powder.

I also really appreciate that there are so few ingredients. Sometimes simplicity is great. There are many really great moistuizers packed in to this little bar. I find that it makes my skin very moisturized, and even makes my feet feel decent (which is hard! ).

Price: 6$
Size: 2 oz

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Vitamin E Stick with Coffee Butter

This is a skincare stick that can be used on skin and lips. I’ve used it for a few minor dry patches on my cheeks and this stick took care of it.  It also smells REALLY good. Like coffee (and I happen to like anything caffeinated. Or smelling like it would be caffeinated.)  I had actually never heard of a Vitamin E stick before this. I knew that vitamin E was moisturizing, but had no idea about it’s versatility.

Ingredients: Avocado oil, Coffee Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Price: 3$
Size: 15ml

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Lip Balm in Coffee and Horchata

These are two different lip balms. I love coffee so I was very excited to see this one included in the mix. The second, Horchata, was a scent I had never heard of prior to this. According to my googling, Horchata is Spanish beverage that is often made with cinnamon, vanilla, milk and rice.

I really like that these have little clips on them to keep the lip balms attached to something. I often lose my lip balms in the depths of my purse or car to never be found again (or for a really long time.) These little clips made it so that I was able to hook it onto my lanyard work and one on my keyring. I am really surprised to say that smell wise, the Horchata took the cake for me. It smells so good.

These balms come in a bunch of other options such as : Peppermint, Spearmint, coconut, Vanilla, Herbal Lavender/Vanilla, Sweet Orange, Clove, Clove/Sweet Orange, Sangria, Lemon Kiss and Cinnamon.  It sort of reminds me of a grown up version of Bonnebell Lip Smackers. I sort of want to collect them all.

Ingredients:

Coffee: Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Coffee Butter,  Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Horchata: Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter,  Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Alkanet Root Powder

Price: 3$
Size: 15ml

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I am surprised by how few ingredients these products have given the skincare loving punch they pack. The owner of this company is committed to having these products be made with  100% natural and organic ingredients, be cruelty-free and not tested on animals. As well as eco-friendly and biodegradable. These products will not contain petroleum products, parabens, benzyl alcohol, phthalates, glycol or synthetic preservatives. I can honestly really respect the desire to use ingredients with many years of history backing up their safety. 

These products are available for purchase online and some are in store (if you are in California there are some stores that carry these products.) The full list of stores is available here.

What do you think? If you had to pick one scent to try, what would it be and why? Let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Kristen

Disclaimer: These products were provided for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

Ettang Modeling Take-out Cup Pack

I purchased the Ettang Modeling Take-out Cup Pack back in during Black Friday sales on Memebox. At the time, this was on special for 17$, had free-shipping and a free gift with purchase was offered (more on the free gift at the end). Since I saw so many reviews of this product, I knew that I wanted to try it for myself. As you can tell by the rest of this post, it’s been a while since I’ve purchased it, but I wanted to take the time to try some of them out and review it.

 

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Inside the cute box, there were 7 take-out cup packs each in a different color and having a different main ingredient.  Each mask has a different purpose, and while this contains 7 options, there are 9 in total. Modeling packs are quite popular at the moment with many K-beauty brands releasing their own versions.  Essentially, they are a facial mask with rubber that you mix up in the container provided with water and spread across the skin.

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1. Oatmeal2014-12-29 17.12.12

This mask is great for moisturizing, skin nutrition and exfoliation.

Oatmeal is actually great for the skin. Just a few of the things that oats can do are:

  • help with acne
  • combat dryness
  • relieve itchiness
  • moisturize
  • brighten the skin
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This pack is designed to soothe, refresh and condition the skin.

Peppermint has nice skin benefits. Check out below for some of the benefits.

  • brighten skin
  • control acne
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This modeling cups’ claim to fame is smooth skin texture, bright tone and shiny skin.

Here are some uses for yogurt and skin:

  • skin brightening
  • moisturizing
  • fight pimples and acne
  • reduce blemishes and discoloration

(source)

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4. Calendula2014-12-29 17.13.01-1

This mask is for complexion clearing and skin improving and soothing.

Calendula is another great skin care ingredient. It’s a flower from Northern Mediterranean countries that is called Calendula because of its habit of blooming following the calendar. Some of its’ benefits are:

  • brighten skin
  • protect from blemishes (source)
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5. Propolis2014-12-29 17.13.10

This modeling cup is for nutrition, protecting the skin and relieving troubled skin.

Propolis is a product from bees! I love bee products. Here’s what it’s known to do:

  • prevent acne
  • purify skin
  • Encourages skin regeneration (source)
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6.  Chlorella2014-12-29 17.13.20

This cup is used to clean, improve and soothe the skin.

This is actually an ingredient that people often eat, but it also has many skin benefits.

  • promote collagen production
  • firm up skin (source)
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This cup helps to brighten the skin tone, shrinks pores and helps boost skin elasticity. Acerola is a type of cherry and it has lots of Vitamin C. Acerola can:

  • help tone the skin
  • brighten (source)

 

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My impression:

I can honestly say that peeling off these masks is oddly satisfying. And, of course, it’s great that they leave my skin feeling nice and smooth. I’ve found that I can easily cut the amount of powder in half and get two uses out of each mask, making it as if I received 14 masks for the 17$ I paid. While cutting the powder in half does make it a bit harder to gauge how much water to put it, it’s not that hard. It just takes a bit more time since you need to add some water, stir and repeat till it gets to the right consistency. If you want to see more on this, check out the video below.

 

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I got this during a free shipping/ free gift promo.

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I received this eyeshadow as my free gift. A bit of research tells me that it was originally seen in the Back To School box Memebox did. It retailed for 10$ according to their prices. I find that it has a bit of color, but it’s not overly powerful. It is quite sparkly though.