Banana Face Mask (Dry Skin)

Banana Face Mask
This face mask is quick and easy to make using only a few ingredients and leaves dry skin feeling moisturized!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. sweet almond oil
  • 1 ripe banana

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients into medium bowl and mash into a creamy paste
  • Apply to face and let sit for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water and pat skin dry

Skin Brightening Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric Face Mask
Brighten up dull and lifeless skin with this easy to make skin brightening mask!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • Few drops honey
  • Oily skin: 1/4 cup yogurt & few drops lemon juice
  • Dry skin: 2 tbsp. olive, almond or coconut oil

 

Directions:

  • Combine flour and turmeric; mix
  • Add remaining ingredients (based on whether you have oily or dry skin); mix well
  • Apply to face and neck and let sit for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

 

*Turmeric will stain so when rinsing your face be sure to use a washcloth that you don’t mind staining

Tightening Peach Facial Mask

Peach Face Mask
This simple facial mask uses only two ingredients and leaves skin feeling firmer and tighter for a small price!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe peach
  • 1 egg white

 

Directions:

  • Cut the peach into chunks and put into blender
  • Separate the egg white and yolk, add the egg white to the blender (toss the egg yolk, you won’t be needing this)
  • Blend until smooth
  • Apply mixture to face and let it sit for 30 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water

Exfoliating Tomato Facial Mask

Tomato Mask

This mask is a great exfoliator and leaves skin looking healthy and refreshed!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato (the riper the better)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. instant oatmeal

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a blender
  • Puree ingredients
  • Apply to face and let sit for 20 minutes
  • Rinse well with warm water

Sephora Collection I.T. Face Contour Brush

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I’m still trying to perfect the art of facial contouring but I think that with time and practice I am getting better and better at it.  I have to admit, contouring wasn’t a term I really ever used in my makeup vocabulary and I never really understood the effects it can have on your face and makeup when done correctly.

I decided to buy a facial contouring brush and give it a go!  I wasn’t expecting a miraculous difference between not contouring and contouring bur I was please surprised by what a difference it actually ended up making.

I almost always stuck to using this brush when I contour my face.  It seems to always get the job done and leaves me satisfied with the results.

The handle of the brush is long and narrows itself down to the tip.  Even though the handle is long, it still gives me plenty of control when using the brush.  The tip of the brush is rounded with a thin tip.

Something else that I really like about this brush is the clear cap that comes with it.  It’s not just a cheap plastic wrapper that falls apart and can’t be used again after removal.  This keeps the brush bristles safe and protected from damage as well as germs and other makeup residues.

I’ve washed this brush plenty of times too and it remains in excellent/like-new condition.  The bristles haven’t had any shedding or fraying.

 

Pros:

  • Offers control
  • Comes with protective clear cap
  • Great for contouring, shadowing or highlighting
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Sold out at Sephora.com

 

Sephora Collection Pro Tapered Foundation Brush #58

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Lately, I have been getting more and more into makeup brushes and have really been working to expand my collection.

This brush was on sale at Sephora.com for $15 (regularly $32). I figured why not for the price and also figured it would be perfect to use with my new Make Up Forever liquid foundation to get in tight spaces such as around my eyes and nose.

I gave this brush a try this morning with my Make Up Forever foundation. I expected that it would probably not really blow me away and leave me with more of an average it did the job feeling. (This was my first time using a brush like this to apply liquid foundation).

I must say that I was VERY pleased with the results! It did an excellent job of getting around my eyes and nose. It applied smoothly and evenly without looking streaky or blotchy. I wouldn’t really suggest it for your whole face since it is tapered but I think that now after using it, it’s a must have for the areas I mentioned. The bristles are high-quality synthetic fibers and are firm enough to get the job done (not rock hard/firm though) and yet still soft enough that it’s comfortable to use and doesn’t make me feel like I am “poking” my face.

I’m definitely glad I added this one to my makeup brush collection.

 

Pros:

  • Perfect for hard to get areas (such as around the nose and eyes)
  • Firm yet soft bristles
  • Applies foundation flawlessly without streaks
  • Can be used for liquid or powder foundation

Cons:

  • Not the best option for applying foundation to larger areas

Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes

1I have a strong love/hate relationship when it comes to eye creams and gels.  I find that they either work really well on me or they don’t do a darn thing.

If you’ve read my other posts, you’ve probably figured out that I like to try new products….even if I like a certain product, I still like to try other ones in the hopes that maybe it’ll work even better than the last one.  Eye creams and gels are never cheap so it’s always frustrating to shell out the money for one only to find out it just doesn’t work.  I’m a strong believer in the rule that what works for some people may not work for others.

Before picking this specific product, I read through a bunch of reviews and this one seemed to stand out as one of the better choices.  Also, the price tag on it wasn’t nearly as bad as some of the other ones I was looking at (This one was $23.00 for a 1 oz. tube).  Plus, I always think of eye cream/gel as something that will last a while because you’re only applying a little bit at a time to a small area.

So I went with this one and was glad I did!  The purpose of this product is to reduce puffiness from eye bags as well as to lighten dark circles.  Luckily, I normally don’t have too many issues with having dark circles around my eyes.  I do however battle eye bags from allergies or lack of sleep….or both.

This product was actually designed as an eye mask that you should wear for 10-15 minutes and then wash/wipe off.  But, it can also be used all day/night long just as you would another eye cream.  I always opted to wear it rather then wash or wipe it off.

If you’re wearing it as an eye mask you want to apply it a little more generously but if you plan on wearing it all day or night you want to apply a very thin layer sparingly.  If you apply too much and plan to wear it, you’re going to have to wipe some of it off.  It has a very thick gel consistency that has the capability of becoming very sticky and will make makeup look ridiculous on top of it if you apply too much.  (And applying sparingly means it’ll last longer!)

The product does have a cooling feeling as you apply it which feels really great.  If you’re looking for an even cooler feeling (and one that seems to make the product work that much faster/better) toss it in the freezer or the fridge for 5 minutes before your ready to apply it.  The feeling is an intense cool and I compare it to the age old remedy for curing under eye bags with two cold/frozen spoons.  This method is just MUCH easier!

I never expect results overnight or even within a couple of days.  I always figure a minimum of a week to really start seeing results when it comes to eye creams/gels.  Well, you can imagine my surprise when I actually say noticeable results in a matter of days.  I didn’t change any of my sleeping habits or start taking some type of allergy medication that would reduce the bags under my eyes…this product did that itself.

I simply applied it in the morning prior to applying my makeup and again at night before going to bed.  Like I said, dark circles aren’t normally an issue for me so I can’t really judge on how it combats those but it definitely is victorious when it comes to conquering under eye bags!

 

Pros:

  • Reduces under eye bags (I saw results in days)
  • Cooling effect
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • Apply too much and it’ll be a sticky mess

Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

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This is one of my favorite brushes!

I use it to apply my Bare Minerals foundation.  It blends flawlessly and leaves my skin with an airbrushed finish.  I find that using this brush allows for excellent coverage over any blemishes and skin imperfections.

The bristles on this brush are super soft…they are not at all coarse or stiff.

I’ve had this brush for well over a year and clean it on a regular basis and it never sheds and seems to be holding up well and is in nearly the same condition it was when I received it.

 

Pros:

  • Super soft bristles
  • Excellent quality
  • Provides an airbrushed and flawless finish

Cons:

  • Can’t really come up with any : )

 

Sephora Collection Classic Bronzer Brush #44

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This brush can be used for any type of powder makeup but I prefer to use it specifically for applying bronzer.

For the most part, I like this brush but I can’t help but to think that it may have been cheaply made.  I’ve had this brush for well over a year now but a couple of months into having it, the actual bristle head popped right out.  I was able to repair it by gluing the base of the bristle head back into the top of the brush handle and it hasn’t happened since.  I probably managed to get the lemon of the bunch (go figure-of course I would).

Aside from that little fiasco the brush has been working out for the most part.  It does shed on occasion but nothing significant and not to the extent that I’m leaving a trail of bristle hairs across my face….just an occasional one here and there.

The bristles are not super soft and are actual more coarse….so for those of you that like that super soft bristled brushes, this one isn’t for you.  I think that the firmer and coarser bristles on this brush help it to make applying bronzer easier because it allows for more control and allows you to build and blend the bronzer while controlling the coverage.

I think if you wear bronzer, this brush (or one similar to it) is a must have…hopefully though, you get one that doesn’t fall apart.

 

Pros:

  • Allows for controlled coverage and easy blending
  • Thicker brush for more control

Cons:

  • Bristle top fell out and I had to glue it back on
  • Sheds occasionally, but not excessively

Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner

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I think a lot of people often forget how important it is to wash your makeup brushes.  I know in the past, I never realized the importance of washing them and I should have.  My face is extremely fussy and is prone to breakouts (unfortunately) and I know that once I started washing my makeup brushes on a regular basis it really made a difference in reducing the amount of breakouts I got.

I normally stick to this makeup brush shampoo.  It comes in a nice pump bottle.  This stuff generally lasts a decent length of time too, depending on how often you wash your brushes.  I like to wash mine weekly (on a minimum) because I use them daily and in that time they gather a lot of makeup and grime.

I was amazed the first time I used this (and honestly, I still am every time I use it) at how much makeup comes off my makeup brushes.  I can always tell when my makeup brushes need a cleaning but I never realize how much makeup and buildup is really on them.  And after seeing how much makeup and grime washes off, I understand why not washing them can cause breakouts!

This always leaves my brushes fresh, clean and soft after each wash and is a must have!

 

Pros:

  • Cleans makeup, residue, oils, buildup, etc. from makeup brushes
  • Helps to prevent breakouts
  • Cleans all makeup types off of brushes

Cons

  • Can’t really think of any :)