March 23, 2016

TonyMoly Red Wine Face Mask Sheet

March 23, 2016
TonyMoly Red Wine Face Mask Sheet (Pore Care)

After having this pack of masks stored in my beauty stash for over five months, I knew this weekend was the perfect time to finally use them. This pore care red wine face mask from Korean brand TonyMoly was exactly what I needed to help my lately unusual problematic skin. I have no idea why (maybe lack of sleep) but my skin has been going haywire on me. Think dry skin, enlarged pores, and even a couple of breakouts which I hardly ever get.

This face mask which is jam-packed with different extracts including red wine, green tea, jasmine, and rosemary not only helps in minimizing the appearance of pores but it also hydrates and tightens the skin. This was my first time trying a sheet mask and I was pleasantly surprised. I imagined it to be a messy ordeal, but the mask fit my oval face perfectly and it was very easy to apply and to remove.

The mask itself is drenched in the serum containing all of the extracts mentioned above and it felt smooth on my skin. I never know how my skin is going to react with a face mask especially if I have to leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. I left this mask on for 25 minutes and there was no itchiness or burning involved. My skin felt comfortable throughout the entire time.

After gently removing the mask rinsing was not required. As per instructions, I massaged the leftover serum all over my face. My skin felt a little sticky and very cold. But I immediately saw that my skin was definitely more bright and hydrated. I'm not too sure about the minimizing of pores. I guess to see a change in pores you might have to do one of these masks more frequently.

I recommend this product to anyone who is a newbie to sheet masks. These are easy to use and deliver quick and great hydration to your skin. Plus when you buy them at Sephora (which I did) you'll get two of the same mask in one pack. And let's not forget the price. These are super inexpensive coming in at $7.50. If pores aren't your problem area, TonyMoly offers several different masks that targets others areas. I'm already looking into the clear skin, brightening, and hydrating ones.


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March 11, 2016

Bare Bottles: Products I've Finished No. 5

March 11, 2016

Hooray! The weather in New York is finally getting warmer. Warmer weather for me means less products to use but definitely more sun protection since we're showing a little bit more skin. Here is this week's Bare Bottles post.

This lotion was just okay for me. I would apply it after my shower, and although it felt moisturizing, the moisture was not long-lasting. However I do love the size of this bottle — it can last for months! Another thing I love about this lotion is that it is fragrance free. I sometimes dislike wearing  lotions with a fragrance because they can badly mix with my perfume. But if I had to choose another Aveeno lotion I would pick this one. I'm not sure what is the exact difference between the two, but for some reason I like the Daily Moisturizing one much better.

To make a long story short I had previously bought this face moisturizer but for combination/oily skin and it gave my skin a burning sensation. I exchanged it for this sensitive version and it worked great. It is rare that I get a reaction to a product so my guess is that the sunscreen ingredients were to blame for the burning feeling. I'm not sure which ingredient it was but from now on I stick to zinc oxide (a gentler form of sunscreen) just to be sure. I'm not sure if I'll buy this moisturizer again. I'm currently eyeing this one from Honest Beauty, which has only zinc oxide and a higher SPF.


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March 2, 2016

Magazine Beauty Sale: This Is What I Bought

March 2, 2016
Magazine Beauty Sale

Working at a magazine is hard work but it definitely comes with some perks. Beauty sales are one of those perks. Most magazines hold an annual beauty sale whenever the beauty closet gets too crazy with beauty products. A couple of weeks ago I went to my second magazine beauty sale and got some cool stuff.  Keep reading to see what I picked up:

Kora Organics Heart Chakra Essence
This is my first product from model Miranda Kerr's beauty line Kora Organics. This is not something that I would typically be interested in picking up but let's face it, was I  going to get it this cheap somewhere else? The essence is made up of certified organic oils like rose otto, sandalwood, jojoba, and ylang ylang. The smell is very strong but once you rub it on your pulse points you feel energized. I definitely want to try more products from this organic line.

Avene Cold Cream
Avene is definitely one of my favorite French brands. I'm obsessed with their Thermal Spring Water (you can see my post about it here), so I was excited to pick this baby up. This cold cream is beneficial in aiding dry, irritated skin. I wish I had this product during the beginning of winter. I have not used it yet because the weather here in New York has been getting a little warmer, but I wouldn't be surprised if the weather drops again. If so I'll use it and get back to you with a review.

Dr. Hauschka Soothing Mask
Dr. Hauschka is a brand that I want to keep trying out. I love that they only use natural but effective ingredients to help your skin. This mask helps sensitive skin by calming down redness with shea and coconut oils as well as anthyllis. After I removed this mask my skin felt so soft. There's just something about this brand that makes it feel luxe. Whenever I use this brand I know I'm getting the best quality.

Sephora Sleeping Masks in Ginseng and Rose 
Sephora masks are all the rage these days. These mini masks are applied to your face, neck, and around the eyes before going to bed and allowing them to work their magic overnight. Ginseng helps with toning and firming, and Rose helps to moisturize and brighten. I have yet to try these but I'm so excited to do so. During the sale these masks were just on top of the table untouched. Didn't anyone spot them? I'm glad I grabbed them before anyone else.

Yes to Baby Naturals Fragrance Free Wipes
Okay so during a beauty sale you sometimes don't think you just take. Case in point: these baby wipes. In my defense I really thought they were makeup remover wipes. I even kept using them a couple of times to take off my makeup without yet realizing what they were really for. These baby wipes are gentle — gentle enough that they didn't irritate my skin when I used them on my face. These wipes are made up of apricot, banana, and carrot extracts to cleanse a baby's skin.

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream *Not Pictured
This coffee bean eye cream was one of the products I was really excited to pick up. It's suppose to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes and dark circles. I've been using this product before applying my makeup and I must say that I have less puffiness around the eyes. But what I like the most about this is that it keeps my delicate eye area moisturized. As for dark circles I haven't seen much of a change.


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