Hey guys! Hope y’all are having a productive Saturday! Today’s agenda for me includes some hiking and good food. It’s always fun to see and spend time with family so it’s been a blast. Today’s post covers my thoughts on May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks.
What I love about this product? I got these 2 from my recent Beauteque May 2015 Beauty Bag. After reading about snail essence in a good amount of Korean beauty products, I wasn’t surprised with the donkey milk angle at all. With that said, I put both to the test on different days and while I’m not sold on it….it’s worth trying it out to see if it’s for you. The suggested directions of use on the mask packet is as follows: “After cleansing and cleaning skin texture, take out a sheet and stick it to the whole face evenly. In 15-20 minutes remove the sheet and pat the remains on the skin to be absorbed. It is OK to apply the remains to the body after use.” I double checked this set of instructions against the one I have from the insert in my Beauteque post back in May and that was actually a little bit clearer as it mentions the steps instead of just jumping to the last step. I used the cleanser (step 1) on my damp face. It’s ever so slightly gritty and it has a lemony smell to me. Then I followed it up with the ampoule (step 2) after cleansing. This one smells like clean soap. I then ripped open the mask part to apply it onto my face (step 3). Speaking of ripping, I find it helpful to use scissors as the product packaging material is quite durable even with markers already made to indicate where to tear on the packet for each step. By step 3, I just carefully used a pair of scissors to free the mask (it gets a little messier as you go on) since I was getting stuff everywhere (leftover drippings from step 2) at this point. The mask itself doesn’t feel flimsy at all like what I’ve seen sometimes from other brands I’ve tried in the past. I had some product left in the step 3 compartment that I just dabbed on after removing the mask, as the directions have suggested. It’s quite wet and slightly sticky but it dried fast for me. I didn’t experience anything noticeable but the packet does say “Tip: It is the most effective way possible to use the produce successively for 4 weeks in due consideration of a skin turnover cycle.” If you have 4 weeks to spare and have access to this, I say it’s worth a shot in trying it. But as for me, I won’t be purchasing more of this.
What I don’t like about this product? Like I already mentioned, it didn’t really do anything for me so I’m not going out of my way to look for this product. There are plenty of masks out there that possibly have a more competitive price point that are more accessible to me.
This item is available on some online retailers.
I was sent a few Borghese items to try out. I started off with the one that looks like a little shot of goodness. Here’s my take on the Borghese Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Skin.
What I love about this product? It’s a winner in my book! I didn’t have high expectations for it honestly but I gave it a fair shot and tried it out. Following the directions of this product that I read on the tube version I also received, I applied a nice layer all over my cleansed face and body. This little shot sized container has a good enough amount to cover my entire face, neck, chest and shoulders. The product is mint green in color like some other mud masks I’ve used before. The first thing I noticed is that I started feeling a heating sensation on places of my body that I applied the product on. It was tingling a little bit as well and I feel it more on my face than anywhere else. I left it on for about 7 minutes before I got impatient and washed it off. The suggested time to leave it on before washing is 5 – 10 minutes. After I got out of the shower, I noticed that the prominent blackhead on my forehead is now all gone. It works just as well as the better mud face masks I’ve tried so it’s a keeper for sure! My body felt smooth and not dry at all like I’ve experienced with some mud masks. The fresh scent is minty and pleasant for a mud mask. Here’s the tube version of the product below.
What I don’t like about this product? One thing stands out and it’s the price. 7 oz retails for $37 while 17.6 oz goes for $72.50. Still, this is not the most expensive mud mask out there that I know of which works really well. I’d consider it a splurge and wouldn’t hesitate getting it if it was on sale for sure. Borghese is a trusted brand that churns out quality products so if you have the money and are willing to spend it on this, I say it’s a good buy!
This item should be available in select salons and stores as well as some online retailers such as Beauty.com and on their website.
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Hey guys! The weather got dreary again with the rain. It’s nice after the short but very hot few days we have here in Oklahoma. I’ve got a chance to sneak in some pictures though before this rainy weather started. Here’s what I got in my ipsy June 2015 Glam Bag.
I didn’t really care for the bag this month but I do find the material interesting. First item that caught my eye is the bulkiest one of the 5: SheaMoisture Shea Butter Lip Crayon. The shade I got is Sarah, which looks bright fuchsia to me right off the bat. I was thinking of giving this away just because I have so many lip products open at the moment but we’ll see. Next item I fished out is the tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon. I got this shade in Aspen Pine. I’m definitely passing this one on as I am trying to trim down my current makeup stash. Then we have dr. brandt® pores no more® vacuum cleaner. I’m eager to try this product out as it deals with pores and I have pretty large pores. Next I got Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I’m debating on keeping this one because I’m always searching for a good makeup primer just for my own reference really. I’m curious which brand of makeup primer will perform the best at a good price point. Last item is the Pure Brazilian Miracle Leave-In Conditioner. Hair conditioning item? Sign me up. I’ll be putting this to the test the next few weeks.
Overall, last month’s was better unfortunately. I hope it picks up again because I’m debating on signing up for another subscription service instead of this one actually. Any recommendations?
Hey guys! Happy Friday! Today’s post is on a beauty bag subscription that I’ve recently been offered to try out for a month. The company is Beauteque and they run a monthly subscription service over at Beautequemonthly.com with several options to select from. Each month’s beauty bag contents will include 7 to 8 full-sized products. These vary from makeup to skincare to fashion and lifestyle products. You have a hand in what options to select for some products such as scent of something with fragrance or color of some of the items. There is a survey format email sent on the 15th of each month with regards to what options are offered for those items. If no selection is made, Beauteque will make the selection for you. The bags are shipped out starting the 15th of each month and there are 4 options in their price packages:
Month to Month = $24/month
3 months = $24/month
6 months = $23/month
12 months = $22/month
The first 2 are basically the same except the first one has no commitment to a future subscription. You get billed on the 15th of each month when doing the month to month option while all others are prepaid. If you subscribe after the 5th then your first shipment is for the next month. Now let’s move on to what May’s bag for me contains, shall we?
The insert that came with the bag contains a price breakdown and description of each item. Let’s start with the May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks.
I got 2 in this bag: a mela-tox and a wrinkle filler one. I thought this was a very interesting product and I look forward to trying it out. The insert states: “Double your skin benefits with this three-step mask pack. To Use: Take the cleanser and rub into face, then wash off. Then apply ampoule onto entire face. On the last step, take the sheet mask and spread onto the face for 15-20 minutes. Then remove it from your face.” Instructions are pretty clear and it’s like other Korean sheet masks I’ve tried before.
Next item is one that stumped me a bit just by looking at the product packaging. It’s the Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar.
I wasn’t sure what it was and actually thought it’s something like a cheek tint or something because of the name. I read the insert and realized it’s a lip balm! The insert states: “This multitasker offers SPF15, jojoba oil, and beautiful color. This protects delicate lips from the harmful sun and moisturize them all at once. To Use: When lips are chapped or dry, use lip balm to moisturize lips.” This is the other item I had to make a selection for in terms of scent and flavor since the one I got is in Melon.
Then we have It’s Skin Mini Bebe Mist.
The scent I got is in Sweet Peach. I remember having to select a scent and made a peach selection so this has to be one of the 2 products I had to select from a few given options. The insert states: “You can use this spritz on your body, as well as when you close your eyes to refresh your face. To Use: When your skin feels dry, spray onto face, and tap for absorption.” Interesting, eh?
The one that caught my eye the most is Mikatvonk Auto Eyeliner Pencil.
I was hoping the packaging color is the shade of the actual product because it’s such a pretty jewel toned shade. But no luck — it’s plain black. I’m actually wearing it right now on my lower lash line….just putting it to the test. The insert describes it as the following: “Define eyes with this liner from Mikatvonk, a hot line from a leading Australian makeup artist! To Use: Apply from inner to outer corner of eyes and of either of both top and bottom lashline.”
Then we have The Face Shop Eyelash Curler.
This has the following description in the insert: “A lash curler is the secret to multiplying lashes and adding explosive volume. To Use: Open the curler and clamp at the root of lashes, release after 20-30 seconds.” I’ve actually tried this one this morning. I didn’t like it as much as the current one from Revlon I’m using, which I found surprising because I actually thought an eyelash curler from an Asian brand would work better for me (I’m Asian). The shape is different from my Revlon one definitely….flatter.
Next is the Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Starter.
This product actually made my husband laugh. He asked me what in the world it is. The packaging is very cutesy and the insert states the following: “This gel helps to open your pores while eliminating buildup within them. Its pink clay ingredients helps absorb excess sebum and soften stubborn blackheads. To Use: After cleansing, apply to the area with blackheads and massage for 3 minutes. Then use lukewarm water to rinse off.”
Last item is the Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence.
This item is one of those I’m glad for the insert. It gives me an idea on what to use it for since I’ve never used a product like it. The insert states: “Vitamins A and C enliven skin, and rose moisturizes. To Use: Apply after cleansing and toning by rubbing into skin for a result you will start to see and feel immediately.”
Breakdown of the products according to the insert:
May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks ($3.20 each) .. $ 6.40
Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar …………. … 8
It’s Skin Mini Bebe Mist …………………………………. 11
Mikatvonk Auto Eyeliner Pencil ……………………….. 15
The Face Shop Eyelash Curler ………………………….. 7.60
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Starter …… 10
Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence ……………. 17
Total ……………………………………………………….. $75
Based on the breakdown, you’re getting a great value with this subscription service. The only thing is, as will most beauty subscriptions, not all items will be what you want or you’d actually get for yourself. For instance, while the eye liner pencil seems fairly nice….it doesn’t seem to be waterproof and $15 is more than I’m willing to pay for a brand I don’t know much about. Or the lip balm — while it’s nice and I appreciate it’s not a local brand, $8 is hefty (more than twice for a good brand) compared to what we can get here. Now, that may be the actual going price for this — I’m not saying it’s not. It’s just not a price I’d pay for a tinted lip balm on a regular basis. Also, I don’t use certain things so the prices may feel a little higher than I thought it should be. But if all prices are close to or just about what it really is then yes…it’s a great deal for $24. I actually look at everything I got and think that $24 isn’t that bad being that most, if not all, of these aren’t readily available to me here. I’m willing to pay a little bit more right off the bat for brands that aren’t available here like most of these featured in this month’s bag.
*Products featured here are provided by Beauteque for review. Link in post taking you to Beauteque’s website is a clickmeter for Beauteque’s tracking purposes. I am not compensated by it.*
Hey guys! How are things looking for 2015 so far? I’m back at work today and it seems to be shaping up for a busy year. I couldn’t get the Bath & Body Works Sweet Shop Collection 3-wick candles out of my head so I proceeded to call every single White Barn store listed. No bueno though. I can only hope that they’re bringing it back this year since I missed out on that collection. I got into candles very late into the game (like early December last year). Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers a product that came in my ipsy November 2013 Glam Bag. It’s on my face as I write this. Here’s my take on the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment.
At 1.7 fl oz / 50 g, this retails for $69 wherever sold. It’s a pretty high price point for a clay mask in my opinion. I received the 0.5 fl oz / 15 g one from ipsy. The description on their website reads the following:
“Originally designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries. YOUTHMUD® provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer resulting in immediate camera-ready glowing skin. For Men & Women of All Ages & All Skin Types. Get your Youthful Sexy Glow back in just 10 minutes. YOUTHMUD® for Super Sexy Super Radiant Skin.”
Verdict? The first time I tried it….I felt that it worked but not to my expectations based on what others have raved about. But now that I’ve used it a few times (about 4 from this small size), I’m ready to give it a fair and thorough review. I washed my face and dried it before applying a thin layer onto it. I can feel the skin on my face tightening as it dries. I do get the tingling sensation, which I find pleasant. The smell is earthy and minty at the same time — herbal I would say. I wait until almost every part of where I applied it to has dried up before I wash my face. When it dries, the dark grey color of the mask changes to a light grey. I can see a few spots where there are dark grey spots and this is how you know it works (it sucks out the oil from the pores). I then proceed to wash my face in a circular motion, scrubbing it every so slightly. It comes off pretty easy and I pat dry with a clean towel before applying face moisturizer. The only thing I didn’t like as much (okay, I hated this the first time I used it) is the presence of leaf particles and twigs. In the small tube I got, there was a decent amount of it. I like clay masks but prefer those that are smooth in texture or just not have chunky particles in it. I always wash my face at the kitchen sink when I use this. I didn’t want the stuff to clog up my master bathroom sink. Back to what didn’t meet my expectations the first time I used this, I have a stubborn blackhead right on my hairline near the forehead that wouldn’t go away. I even bruised the area once by trying to remove it by squeezing it (which you should never do). It is gone now! I think I didn’t leave it on long enough on that spot when I used it for the first time so it didn’t get a chance to suck up the gunk from the blackhead. I’m a believer, but only when it goes on sale. It’s priced a little too high for me to use it on a regular basis.
This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at various retailers such as Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard’s.