DIY Spot Concealer Recipe

Today’s Beauty Tip Tuesday is a Do It Yourself  Spot Concealer Recipe.  When you run out of your concealer.  You can use this in a pinch.

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DIY Spot Concealer Recipe:

Mix your moisturizer with 1-2 drops of liquid foundation.  This can work as a tinted moisturizer, good for blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

Here’s a BONUS: Spot Treatment Concealer

You can make it thicker by evaporating the water.  Place a teaspoon of foundation in small container, place in fridge uncovered.  Leave for 2-3 days.  This thicker formula increases pigment concentration, perfect for spot treatments on acne scars.

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Animal Cutie Mask Packs Review from Skin18

These animal cutie masks that I received from Skin18.com are indeed very cute.  I received the Whitening Aqua – Panda, Relaxing Charcoal & Aloe – Monkey, Anti-Wrinkle Collagen – Tiger, and Anti-Aging – Horse.  Besides the cuteness factor, I will be commenting on the fit as well as the effectiveness of the masks.  Overall, the fit of these masks are a bit small.  The eye holes are small, and it doesn’t reach to the hairline or edge of chin.  Because of the cute animal prints on the masks, this made the masks a little tough to smooth flatly on the face.  There is plenty of essence that these masks stay on the face with no problems and won’t slip off.  As with sheet masks.  Directions are to wash face cleanly, use toner before mask application, and leave mask on for the recommended time.

Whitening Aqua – Panda

Notable ingredients is hyaluronic acid to retain moisture for dry skin.  I did not detect a strong fragrance.  The mask provided a cool sensation.  Afterward, my face did feel hydrated, tightened, brightened but left my face feeling slightly tacky.

Relaxing Charcoal & Aloe – Monkey

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Notable ingredients are Charcoal & Aloe for soothing and whitening.  No strong fragrance detected on this mask.  Cooling sensation while wearing the mask, and left my face feeling plump and hydrated.

Anti-Wrinkle Collagen – Tiger

 

PhotoGrid_1506656274186Notable ingredients are collagen extract to promote elasticity, as well as replenish moisture and refresh dry, sagging skin.  Also felt a cooling sensation while wearing the mask.  Face felt tightened and pores appeared smaller afterward.

Anti-Aging Horse Oil – Horse

Notable ingredients include horse oil to improve wrinkles and skin elasticity.  I did notice a subtle fragrance that dissipates quickly.  I did experience a cooling sensation while wearing the mask as well as a bit of itchiness around the chin area within 5 minutes of wearing, but it wasn’t too irritating that I had to remove it before the allotted time.  The mask left my skin tightened with a more luminous appearance.

These masks do come with a warning to avoid use if one has blemishes, pimples, irritated or sunburned skin, as these may get even more aggravated, due to itchiness, redness, or even cause the face to get swollen.  One time use of these masks would not be an accurate representation of the efficacy of the claims, and therefore, I cannot comment whether the anti-aging, anti-wrinkle claims have merit.  I can only comment that the ingredients in the masks may help with those claims.

I would like to thank Skin18USA for the opportunity to be a part of their Skin18Challenge Blogger’s program.  You can find them on Instagram here, and their website.  They should still be accepting applications for this bloggers program.

Dry Brushing

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Happy #BeautyTipTuesday
Let’s discuss dry brushing. Using natural bristled brush before showering. Start at feet/hands, brush, rubbing dry skin in upward or circular motions toward the heart. Benefits are good exfoliation and increase circulation, which leads to temporary plumping effect and vibrant skin boost, while temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite is anecdotal (no conclusive scientific evidence), and there may not be any detoxing benefits that include stimulating the lymphatic system. It is worth trying right? Because, the skin may develop micro tears from the brushing, it is important to use natural bristled brushes, and not brush too hard.
Have you tried dry brushing?

Over Exfoliated Skin?

PhotoGrid_1502754622122Exfoliating feels great on my skin.  My face feels smooth, tightened, pores appear smaller, and cleaner.  But I recently read an article about over exfoliated skin and decided to share what I found out after some research.

Over-exfoliation can compromise the top layer of skin and may hinder the skin’s ability to produce natural oils and other protectants.  This barrier is important in creating new skin cells and improving skin’s physical appearance.

Exfoliation according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is “the process of removing the top most layer of dead skin cells.”  Here are two ways of exfoliation: 1) chemical – applying acid to dissolve skin cells in the form of peels (glycolic acid, etc…) 2) by hand – brush (textured brushes, gloves, washcloths) or facial scrubs to physically remove the dead skin cells.  Benefits of exfoliation is a brighter, smoother, more evened skin tone, appearance of pores appear to be smaller, cleaner, and tightened skin.

Here are some signs of over-exfoliation:

  1. Dry patches or peeling can be a sign that your skin’s balance is off due to over exfoliation.
  2. Excess oil production.  This can be a sign that your skin’s ability to regulate oil production is compromised.  I know us with oily skin types like to exfoliate to control oiliness but when we notice more oiliness, this can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  3. Breakouts – an increase in the amount of breakouts or sudden breakouts than normal for your skin type.
  4. Inflammation, itching, burning sensation after exfoliation can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  5. Redness – continued redness after a day or a few hours after exfoliation.  Redness immediately after exfoliation is normal but if it continues for hours or even a day, it may be a sign of over exfoliation.
  6. Shininess – an increase in shininess more than normal can be a sign of over exfoliation.

Depending on your skin type, if you are noticing any of these signs or symptoms after exfoliation, you may have to adjust how often you exfoliate (this can be once a week to once every 2 weeks, etc..) or use a method of exfoliation or scrub that is not as intense, and please consult a dermatologist or aesthetician.

You know your skin best and of course, some of these signs are just your skin adjusting to a new addition in your skin care routine or adjusting to a new product or an ingredient in the product.  It is up to you to determine whether it is normal for your skin or not.  This is why it is important to monitor how your skin is reacting and consult a dermatologist if the conditions persists to what is normal for your skin type.

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Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Review

This is a review for the Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Code Blue, Code Black, and Code Violet.

These are beautifully designed sheet masks ready for a masquerade but with extracts and essences that provide various benefits for your skin type and needs.  The overall fit of the masks is too small on the eyes. If the masks gets too close to the eyes, the essences can cause some stinging.  The nose area also does not fit flush on top and does not completely cover the entire nose.

Mediheal Dress Code Blue (Herb Aqua Care) Mask

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Has a variety of herb extracts including baobab (Adansonia digitata) leaves, large flower cactus, medicine sage leaves, lavender, chrysanthemum.  It is supposed to control oil, have anti-aging and brightening benefits.

This smells great, it has a subtle light lavender fragrance! It has a cool tingling sensation, has enough essence to saturate the sheet mask.  Left my face feeling tightened, and taut afterward.  I’m not sure if this left my skin hydrated.  I only left the mask on for the recommended 20 minutes.  This contains Sea Water, which may or may not help with nourishing or hydration.

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Sea Water, Bambusa Vularis Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Adansonia Digitata Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Salvia Offinialis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Squalane, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

Mediheal Dress Code Violet (Brightening & Nourishing) Mask

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This was also cooling as I was wearing the mask.  My cheeks started to get itchy after 10 minutes though, which I did not experience with the other two.  There may be an ingredient that I’m sensitive or allergic to. I’m generally not sensitive or have allergic reactions to skin care products.  But, there is a first time for everything.

With this one, I did not feel or notice too much hydration or brightening effects.  Notable ingredients are acai berry (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract), pomegranate (Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, and blueberry extract, all of which are antioxidants and are recognized as “Super Fruits” and has numerous benefits.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Opunita Ficus-Indica Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig ) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

 

Mediheal Dress Code Black (Whitening & Nourishing) Mask

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In my opinion the fanciest of the three.  It actually has red jewels on it! Formulated with Pearl Powder Extract to control Melanin formation and correcting skin tone.  This also has cacao extract, which is a bonus in my book (I’m a bit of a chocoholic).

Again, this had a cooling effect while letting the essence absorb through the skin. Afterward, there was some slight redness, skin felt tightened, but it also left my skin slightly tacky.  There was extra essence that I was able to rub onto my neck, decolletage, and hands.  I suppose my skin felt nourished but as far as whitening, I did not notice any whitening or brightening effects.  Perhaps, if I had left the mask on longer than the recommended 10-20 minutes, the whitening effects would be more noticeable.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Pearl Extract, Honey Extract, Caviar Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methylparabe, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance.

Overall, these masks besides the beautiful masquerade design on the masks are not very much special than other masks I have tried.  They do have wonderful extract ingredients which have the potential to be effective.  Perhaps wearing the masks longer or multiple treatments may provide the claimed effects.  I do not overdo the masks as I have oily/combination skin and doing so can increase oil production on my T-zone.

I give these masks 4/5 stars.  1 extra star for the beautiful masquerade designs.

Thank you to skin18.com for the opportunity to sample these masks for free as part of their skin 18 challenge bloggers program.  You can find this set of masks here.