Spoil Me Sunday: The Answer is in the Tea Leaves

Hey, y’all!

It’s been raining a lot for the past week here in Orlando, and in addition to making my old back injury hurt, this weather makes me sleepy and a little lazy. I was excited to try out the mask I got in my ipsy bag this month while I was hanging around the house.

Centella 65 Green Tea Pack

from PureHeals by Nature Village

Photo of sample size Centella 65 Green Tea Pack Calming Mask from Pure Heals by Nature Village
$32 for 4.58 oz.; Ulta

My skin is healing from some hormonal breakouts, so I was all about a calming mask. I’m a huge fan of green tea when it comes to drinking it, as well as in my skincare products. The antioxidants are so good for your skin, and their anti-aging benefits are nothing to sneeze at. Some of the active ingredients include:

  • 65% pure Centella Asiatica extract–helps to reduce redness
  • Kaolin Clay–balances oil production without drying
  • Green Tea Leaves–tighten skin and soften fine lines thanks to antioxidants
  • Salicylic Acid–fades blemishes, exfoliates skin, reduces inflammation
  • Glycolic Acid–exfoliates skin, anti-aging benefits

When I opened the sample pod, all I smelled was green tea. No perfumes, no artificial fragrances–it was perfect. I used my mask spatula to apply it evenly all over my face and then let it sit for about 15 minutes. It felt really refreshing and left my skin feeling hydrated after I washed it off. The tea leaves did make it a little tricky to rinse off, so I used a washcloth.

When I was looking up where I can buy the full-size product, I was glad to see that it’s available online from Ulta and that it comes in a jar that I assume is recyclable. I can’t find any concrete information on whether or not this brand is cruelty-free, so that’s still a question I have.


Have you tried any products from PureHeals before? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Spoil Me Sunday: Spoiled Rotten

Hey, y’all!

After a long week, I was excited to do some head-to-toe pampering this weekend. I picked up this $25 Spoiled Rotten At-Home Pampering Kit from Patchology for 30% off during 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta. I don’t see this particular kit on the Patchology website, but they have lots of others to choose from. This kit includes 1 of each:

FlashPatch Rejuvenating 5-Minute Eye Gels

Photo of FlashPatch Rejuvenating 5 Minute Eye Gels from Patchology
$15 for 5 pairs or $50 for 30 pairs; Patchology

I started out with the eye gels and the lip gels at the same time. The instructions say to leave them on for 5 minutes or a little longer, if you want. I did 10, but I noticed that they were starting to dry out. Once you remove the gels, gently pat any remaining serum into your skin. Active ingredients include:

  • Caffeine–improves circulation to brighten and reduce puffiness
  • Sodium Hyaluronate–helps skin retain moisture
  • Centella Asiatica–encourages collagen synthesis while preventing inflammation
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen–improves skin hydration, elasticity, tone, and density
  • Portulaca Oleracea Extract–rich in Vitamin C and Omega3s, so it brightens.

There’s a fine silver glitter inside of the gels, which was pretty, and the cooling sensation was heavenly. I like that they’re also reversible, so you can put the wide part on the inside or outside of your eyes, depending on whether you’re trying to target crow’s feet or undereye bags.

I loved the product, but I hate how much packaging is involved. It seemed wasteful, and it wasn’t recyclable, plus the gels then need to be disposed of, as well. I’m trying to become a more conscious consumer. Maybe it wouldn’t be as bad if you got the jar of 30 pairs instead of the individually wrapped pairs.

FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels

Photo of FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels from Patchology
$15 for 5 or $50 for 24; Patchology

I left the lip gel on for 10 minutes, as well, and noticed it starting to dry out, too. I would recommend maybe 7 minutes. Just like with the eye gels, gently pat any remaining serum into your skin after removing the lip gel. Active ingredients include:

  • Peptides–soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Green Tea Extract–antioxidant and soothing properties
  • Niacinamide–fatty acid that helps skin retain moisture

There was a pretty pink glitter inside of the lip gel, and it was so soothing on my skin! I loved this product, too, but hated the amount of packaging. At least the lip gels are biodegradable, which doesn’t appear to hold true for the eye gels. Maybe the packaging wouldn’t be as bad with the jar of 24; I’m not sure if there are plastic dividers in between.

FlashMasque Illuminate 5-Minute Sheet Mask

Photo of FlashMasque Illuminate 5 Minute Sheet Mask from Patchology
$30 for 4; Patchology

After the eye and lip gels, I moved on to the sheet mask. It was one of those cloth sheet masks, rather than gel, so it didn’t stay adhered to all the contours of my face. It didn’t have a protective film, so that was at least less waste, even if it meant it was a little tougher to unfold. It had a clean scent to it that wasn’t overpowering. Active ingredients include:

  • Licorice Extract–brightens and evens skin tone
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract–provides antioxidants

You only have to leave it on for 5 minutes, but I did 10 for this one, too. Afterwards my skin looked revitalized and felt hydrated. This was a nice mask, but I’m gravitating away from sheet masks because of how wasteful they are. I’m going to try to purchase masks that come in (preferably recyclable) jars and tubes in the future, rather than single-use masks.

PoshPeel Exfoliating Pedi Cure

Photo of Poshpeel Pedi Cure Treatment from Patchology
$20 per treatment or $35 for 2; Patchology

It was time to move on to my feet, and because I go barefoot so much with aerial, they need some help. This treatment was interesting. It comes with a pair of plastic Foot Masque Socks that have a cotton lining and two packets of Activating Essence (one for each foot). You empty one packet into a Sock, distribute the treatment evenly throughout, then put it on your foot. There’s an adhesive strip attached to the Sock that you remove the backing from to be able to cinch it around your ankle. Active ingredients include:

  • Glycolic Acid–penetrates skin to exfoliate
  • Salicylic Acid–softens and removes dead skin cells
  • Lactic Acid–hydrates and encourages skin to slough off
  • Citric Acid–helps speed up new cell turnover
  • Botanical Extracts–brighten skin

Sit back and relax for at least 60 minutes while the ingredients go to work, but you can leave it on for up to 90 minutes, which I did. Progressive peeling will take place over the next 3-7 days, so we’ll see how that goes. My feet do feel softer already, but my heels are still pretty tough, so the jury is still out. One thing I noticed is that it caused some of my toenail polish to peel off. Not a huge deal because I’m overdue to give myself a pedicure anyway, but just something to keep in mind.


Overall, I really liked the products in this kit, but the amount of packaging and waste left me feeling guilty, so I’m honestly not sure if I’d repurchase. How much does environmentality factor into your beauty purchases? What are some great eco-friendly brands you’ve found? I’d love to hear about them!

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Spoil Me Sunday: Green Tea

Hey, y’all!

This week left me exhausted to the point where I slept for 15 hours last night. I had planned to give myself a pedicure and do a mini spa day, but waking up at 2pm didn’t give me much time, so I tried out a new mask instead.

7th Heaven Green Tea Peel-Off Mask

from Montagne Jeunesse

Photo of 7th Heaven Green Tea Peel-Off Mask from Montagne Jeunesse
$1.99; Ulta

Some of the key ingredients in this mask include:

  • Ginger–anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and antibacterial properties
  • Lemon–antibacterial and antiseptic properties, plus brightens skin
  • Green Tea–antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals

Thanks to these ingredients, the mask had a very clean scent and left my skin feeling refreshed after I took it off. My one complaint about it is that the consistency is very runny for a peel-off mask. It got drippy around my jawline, and it ended up running into my eyebrows. Considering all of the other peel masks I’ve tried and liked, I don’t think I’d repurchase this one. I’ve liked the other masks I’ve tried from this brand, the 2-in-1 being my favorite. This one just didn’t quite do it for me.


Do you like peel-off masks? What’s your favorite?

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah


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Ulta Beauty Haul: April 2018

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This month I needed to restock on a couple of items, but I also wanted to try out some new products, and I’m pretty excited!

Skincare

completely SMOOTH Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel

from Completely Bare

Photo of Completely Smooth Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel from Completely Bare
$8.99 for 6 fl. oz.; Completely Bare

I used to shave using baby oil, but it would make my shower-tub really slippery, which became a safety hazard. I’ve been using this shave gel religiously for about 9 months now, and I absolutely love it. The aloe vera, jojoba oil, and other botanical extracts prevent razor burn far better than any shaving foam or gel/foam I’ve tried. A tube lasts me about 3 months, and it doesn’t leave any annoying residue in my shower. I absolutely love this shave gel, especially for the price point and the fact that it’s vegan and cruelty-free!

don’t grow THERE Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor

from Completely Bare

Photo of Don't Grow There Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor from Completely Bare
$9.99 for 6.7 fl. oz.; Completely Bare

This sample came with the shave gel, and I’m looking forward to trying it out! It’s vegan and cruelty-free, and it uses natural ingredients to reduce hair length, thickness, and growth. The lemongrass and tea tree scent sounds wonderful, too. I’ll keep you posted!

Superfruit Complex Bubble Bath & Body Wash

from Shea Moisture

Photo of Superfruit Complex Bubble Bath & Body Wash from Shea Moisture
$9.99 for 16 fl. oz.; Shea Moisture

I love Shea Moisture body washes; I’ve been using the African Water Mint & Ginger Detox and like it, but I wanted to get something a little more moisturizing. This one caught my eye. The combination of shea and mango butter sounds heavenly, along with fruit extracts and green coffee bean extract to improve skin elasticity and radiance. Can’t wait to try it out!

Makeup

Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder

from Becca Beauty

Photo of Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder from Becca Beauty
$25 for .09 oz.; Becca Beauty

I’ve seen several beauty gurus on Youtube talk about how much they love this product. My baking powder seems to be a little too heavy for under my eyes, so I figured I’d give this a try. It’s light-weight and infused with pearl powders to give some nice reflection. It’s definitely lighter weight than my baking powder, but it still settles into the little creases under my eyes, just not as bad or as quickly. Le sigh. Still a fan, though.

Hair Care

Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Damaged Hair

from Matrix

Photo of Cleansing Conditioner for Damaged Hair from Matrix Biolage
$21 for 16.9 fl. oz.; lookfantastic.com

I work out rigorously 6 days a week to the point where dry shampoo doesn’t cut it, so I’ve been washing my hair 6 days a week, even though I know it’s bad for my hair. I didn’t know what else to do to get my scalp clean after all that sweat. Then I read about cleansing conditioner, which sounded like exactly what my hair needed. I’ve enjoyed other products I’ve gotten from the Biolage line, so I picked this one up. I absolutely love it!! The mango seed oil and ceramides help give my hair the moisture it needs to shine, and the mango scent is fantastic. It left my hair feeling silky smooth, even after blow drying. I’m planning to go to shampooing once or twice a week and using this one the other days. Love, love, love!

No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser

from DevaCurl

Photo of travel size No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser from DevaCurl
$10 for 3 fl. oz.; DevaCurl

While I was at it, I also decided to pick up a travel size of this cleansing conditioner. I don’t have curly hair per se; it’s more just randomly wavy. Still, I figured it couldn’t hurt. I love this even more than the Biolage. My hair felt amazing after blow drying, and it smelled like roses, even almost 24 hours later. I felt like a weirdo because I realized I was sitting in a meeting sniffing my hair without even realizing it. Oops! lol

I’ll probably go with a full size of this once I use up the Biolage. The only hesitation I have is the price point. Vegan plus sulfate, paraben, silicone, and cruelty-free! Some things are worth a little extra…


What lovely things did you pick up in April? Any new favorites? Do tell!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Spoil Me Sunday: Bubbles!

Hey, y’all!

How are you? It’s been another busy week, and the weather here is getting hotter by the day. I may hail from Central Texas, but that doesn’t mean I’m a fan of the heat. Anyway, I wanted to give my skin a boost, and I was eager to try out a new mask today!

Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask

from H20+ Beauty

Photo of Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask from H20+ Beauty
$6 for 1 fl. oz.; H20+ Beauty

I had heard about bubble masks but had never tried one. I had also never tried anything from H20+ Beauty before, either. I picked this mask up on a whim during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, and I thought I’d give it a whirl. According to the website, active ingredients and their benefits include:

  • Champagne Extract–promotes an even complexion
  • Oat Derived Active–reduces signs of irritation and leaves skin feeling soft
  • Yuzu Extract–rich in Flavonoids and Vitamin C = radiance
  • Probiotics–promote water and nutrient retention for improved suppleness

Apply to clean skin–the package says a thick layer, the website says a dime-sized amount…who knows how much? You do you. You massage the gel into your skin, and it starts foaming almost instantly. It had a nice fresh, somewhat floral, scent to it. Sit back and relax for 10-12 minutes (website says up to 15) while the bubbles fizz away. It was a fun sensation, even though it tickled my nose. I got my husband to do it with me, and he described it as “Pop Rocks for your face.” hahaha I personally think Pop Rocks are more intense than this; I would describe it as what it would be like to stick your face in a glass of champagne.

By the end, all of the bubbles are gone, and you’re just left with the gel texture. You massage the gel into your skin for 30 seconds before rinsing it off with warm water. My skin felt so soft and healthy afterwards; I absolutely loved it! Recommended use is 2-3 times per week. After 2 weeks of use, you should see reduced occurrences of blackheads. Judging by how much I have left, I think you could easily get 2 or 3 uses out of a single 1 oz. packet, possibly 4. I would definitely recommend this for when your skin needs a calming boost!


Have you tried a bubble mask before? What did you think? Let me know if there’s one you think I should try!

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: April 2018

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April is here, and spring is in full swing! The theme for this month’s Glam Bag was “Social Butterfly.” I think the bag is really pretty; I love the rose gold accents. Now, onto what was inside!

Eyeshadow Blending Brush

from Ruby

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I couldn’t find this brush on their website, so I don’t know how much it is, or really anything about it, other than the fact that it’s cruelty-free. I like the precision of this brush for blending my lower lid or the inner corner of my eye.

My Rating: 5/5

Loose Eyeshadow in “Copper”

from Meech and Mia

Photo of Loose Eyeshadow in Copper from Meech and Mia
$11.50 for Net Wt. 1.2g; Meech and Mia

This eyeshadow is cruelty-free and packs some serious pigmentation. Loose eyeshadow isn’t my favorite because it gets messy, but this one didn’t have any fallout at all. I was super impressed! The color is absolutely gorgeous, and it stayed that way all day long, even after a heavy workout.

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My Rating: 4/5

Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

from NYX Cosmetics

Photo of Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm from NYX Cosmetics
$6.50 for .27 fl. oz.; NYX Cosmetics

I only swatched this on the back of my hand, and I wasn’t impressed. The color was way too orange for my taste, but more importantly, it has no staying power. Yes, it dries matte, but it doesn’t dry down enough to stay put. Even after 20 minutes, I was able to rub it off with no problem. I’ll either list it on My Subscription Addiction’s Swap page or just give it to a friend, but I wasn’t a fan.

My Rating: 1/5

That Liquid Glo Tho Liquid Highlighter in “Lit”

from Trust Fund Beauty

Photo of That Liquid Glo Tho Liquid Highlighter in Lit from Trust Fund Beauty
$20; Trust Fund Beauty

The shimmery glow of this highlighter is everything. It’s a gorgeous champagne color that’s not glittery. It really made my cheekbones pop, and it works well as an eyeshadow, too. It’s a little over-the-top for work wear, but I love it for weekends!

My Rating: 4/5

Pore Tightening Pearl Mask

from Biorace

Photo of sample size Pore Tightening Pearl Clay Mask from Borate
$25 for 3.88 oz.; Biorace

You can read my first impression of this mask here. I recommend it!

My Rating: 5/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 3.8. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Are you a member of any subscription services? What did you get that you absolutely love? Can’t wait for May!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Yes, Oh Yas! April 2018

Hey, y’all!

I was so excited to get my first Yes, Oh Yas! package this month! I got 4 full-size items– check ’em out!

*Note: prices listed as photo captions are what I found on the respective product websites. Retail values listed below my descriptions are what was listed by Yes, Oh Yas!

12 Pc. Pink Vegan Brush Set

from Crown Brushes

Photo of 12pc Pink Vegan Brush Set from Crown Brushes
$12; Crown Brushes

I’ve never tried Crown Brushes before, but I’ve heard good things. The brushes are soooooo soft, and they’re super easy to clean. The set includes:

  • Brow-Lash Comb Brush
  • Lash Brush
  • Smudger Brush
  • Pointed Liner Brush
  • Lip Brush
  • Angled Liner Brush
  • Deluxe Fan
  • Concealer Brush
  • Shadow Brush
  • Angled Shadow Brush
  • Blush Brush
  • Powder Brush

They’re not as dense as some brushes I already own, so it’s nice to have a wider variety of options. The only real detractor for me was the carrying case. It felt really cheap, and some of the compartments were already starting to tear. I’ll be keeping the brushes, but I’m probably going to toss the case or give it away, which is a shame.

Retail Value: $29.99*

*I’m a little confused about this because the insert I got in my package listed the retail value of all the items, and it said this brush set retails for $29.99. When I looked it up on the Crown Brushes website, it said it’s normally $12, but at the time of this post, it’s on sale for $8.40. $29.99 and $12 is quite a difference…

Mineral Bronzer in “Sensual”

from Bella Terra Cosmetics

Photo of Mineral Bronzer in Sensual from Bella Terra Cosmetics
$59.99 for Net Wt. 9g; Bella Terra Cosmetics

The color of this bronzer is absolutely gorgeous, and it applies beautifully. It’s just too glittery for me to wear for an everyday look. I tend to gravitate more towards shimmer or matte bronzers. This would make a really lovely body bronzer on the weekends, especially with summer coming. Due to how glittery it is, I don’t think it’s something I’d repurchase, but that’s purely based on my personal preference.

Retail Value: $24.99*

*I assume this is because I received a 2g jar, while what’s listed on the Bella Terra website is a 9g jar.

Flutter Mascara in “Jet Black”

from Manna Kadar Beauty

Photo of Flutter Mascara in Jet Black from Manna Kadar Beauty
$29 for .34 fl. oz.; Manna Kadar Beauty

I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m no mascara expert. I’m blessed with long thick lashes, so I don’t really need it for day-to-day life. I’ll wear a little of it when I wear my magnetic false lashes so that they have something to grip onto, but that’s really only for special occasions like weddings when I know there will be lots of photos. Otherwise, I find mascara tedious to apply and remove, and it’s my least favorite part of makeup.

I tried this mascara one day just to take it for a spin. I was concerned that it didn’t say “waterproof” anywhere on the packaging, but after a full day of work and getting a full sweat on with an aerial silks class, it didn’t flake, smudge, or run. I was pretty impressed. The hourglass applicator is interesting; it’s supposed to help you get every last lash without clumping. Not too shabby.

Retail Value: $29.99

Mechanical Eyeliner in “Gray”

from Girlactik Beauty

Photo of Mechanical Eyeliner in Gray from Girlactik Beauty
$19; Girlactik Beauty

As I’ve said before, I’m a liquid or gel liner kind of girl. I tried this eyeliner anyway to see how I liked it. I tried it on my water line one day to see how it held up–not so much. I tried it on my lids another day; it went on smoothly and had a nice color, but it wasn’t as crisp or intense as I prefer. I ended up going over it with my Lorac Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner in “Charcoal.”

The fact that it’s angled is interesting and keeps the line uniform after multiple uses. It’s not that this isn’t a good product; it’s just not my thing.

Retail Value: $19.99

Total package value: $104.96*

*If you count the Crown Brushes based on the price listed on their website, the total comes out to $84.99. Considering the subscription is only $14.99/month + shipping, that’s still a really good bang for your buck!


I can’t wait to see what May has in store! Which of these items are you dying to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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