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

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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

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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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Spoil Me Sunday: Tighten Up

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We’ve finally been getting some much-needed rain here in Orlando. Rainy days are perfect for curling up on the couch, getting some writing done, and being a little lazy. For this Spoil Me Sunday, I decided to use one of the items from my April ipsy Glam Bag!

Pore Tightening Pearl Clay Mask

from Biorace

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

This mask claims to tighten pores, reduce excess sebum, and deep cleanse. The pearl extract in it brightens and evens your complexion (I assume that’s what the black flecks were). I’m a June baby, so Pearl is one of my birthstones (the other is Alexandrite), so this was made for me! I only  applied it to my T-Zone and the apples of my cheeks, where I have the most obvious pores. As it dried, it visibly tightened my skin to the point where it visibly pulled, but it wasn’t uncomfortable. I rinsed it off somewhat easily after 15 minutes, and my pores did in fact look smaller and my skin felt smoother. I’m curious to see what results I’ll get with regular use (they recommend 1-2 times a week). Considering how little I need to use at one time, this sample will last me a while. I would absolutely recommend this mask!


My full April 2018 ipsy Glam Bag review will be coming soon, so keep an eye out! What do you think of this mask? Would you try it?

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Spoil Me Sunday: Detox

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Just got back from a super fun wedding weekend in Tampa. I was part of the bridal party, and we all did our fair share of eating delicious foods, drinking too much, and having a blast. Like the rest of my body, my face could use a good detox right about now.

Daily Wonders Detox and Chill Charcoal Purifying Mask

from Leaders Cosmetics USA

Photo of Detox and Chill Charcoal Purifying Mask from Leaders Cosmetics USA
$9 for 2; Ulta

I’m thinking next weekend will be perfect for head to toe pampering, but with the unpacking and laundry and such, I just wanted a quick boost for my skin today. I figured I’d give this sheet mask a whirl. It’s black (not too surprising), but the serum on it is still clear. The activated charcoal and volcanic ash work to draw out impurities, while the green tea extract and chlorella hydrate the skin. The active ingredients also help remove dead skin cells. I do prefer the gel sheet masks over the fabric ones, but this did leave my skin feeling a little fresher when I took it off. I got a 2-pack for half price, so I’ll use the other one at some point, but I probably won’t repurchase.


How do you like to reset after overindulging? Leave me some ideas in the comments!

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Spoil Me Sunday: Cuckoo for Coconut & the Great Goat Adventure

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This past week was ROUGH. Pulled some extra long hours at work, tensions ran high, and I didn’t sleep enough. You know the drill. Add all that to the fact that I don’t think my skin liked that Stila foundation that I sampled, and you’ve got a recipe for an irritated, broken out complexion.

I did a few things this weekend to combat some of the stress.

  1. I got some much-needed sleep.
  2. I went to an aerial yoga class yesterday.
  3. Enjoyed brunch this morning at Se7en Bites with my husband and some family friends visiting from Texas.
  4. I did yoga with baby goats this morning at Wildflower Farm and managed to convince my husband to come along! A friend of mine had posted about it on Facebook a few weeks ago, and when I saw it was less than 5 miles from my house, I had to sign up! We did yoga for about 45 minutes with the goats running around and climbing on people (they gave us “goat bait” aka foliage to entice the goats to come play with us.) Afterwards, we got to bottle feed them. The way their tails wagged during the bottle feeding was absolutely adorable!
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Of all the photos Jeff took for me this morning, I think the one with the goat in downward-facing dog on top of me in downward-facing dog is probably my favorite. 🙂

Despite all the stress-relieving activities, my skin is still unhappy, so I decided to give this sheet mask a shot:

7 Wonders Caribbean Coconut Calming Mask

from Leaders Cosmetics USA

Photo of 7 Wonders Caribbean Coconut Calming Sheet Mask from Leaders Cosmetics USA
$6 ea. or $58 for 10; Leaders Cosmetics USA

I’ll start out by saying that when it comes to sheet masks, I’ve found that I prefer gel ones like this that come with a protective film on both sides. It’s gratifying to pull the film off, but more importantly, it stops the mask from sticking to itself when you take it out of the package but allows it to be sticky enough to adhere to your face. These gel sheet masks work better for me than the cotton or bamboo ones I’ve tried. This one stuck really well, and I didn’t have any tenting around the bridge of my nose. It also fit well and didn’t stop way short of my hairline.

The coconut and witch hazel in this mask were very refreshing for my skin, and it didn’t leave my face feeling super sticky when I took it off. Hopefully using this mask and going to bed at a decent time tonight will mean a calmer complexion tomorrow. I think I might have found a sheet mask I’d actually repurchase…say what??


What do you do to de-stress? Have you ever done yoga with baby goats? Some other animal, maybe? Tell me about it in the comments!

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Spoil Me Sunday: 2-in-1

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Happy Easter or Passover to those who celebrate! Yet another weekend is almost over. Where does the time go?? A short post today about one of my new favorite masks:

7th Heaven 2-in-1 Charcoal Masque

from Montagne Jeunesse

Photo of 7th Heaven 2-in-1 Charcoal Masque from Montagne Jeunesse
$1.99; Ulta

When you’re short on time and your to-do list is long, who doesn’t love accomplishing two tasks at once? I received this masque as a stocking stuffer from my mother-in-law at Christmas, and it does just that! Not only does the charcoal work to draw out impurities, but crushed black lava and walnut seed exfoliate your skin while you’re applying and removing it. It has a nice thick texture, so it’s easy to apply without making a mess. I also love that Montagne Jeunesse is 100% cruelty-free (they’re vegan, too). The only drawback about this product for me was that the scent is pretty strong and bordered on overpowering. Despite that, I’d still repurchase because it left my skin looking and feeling so good afterwards.


What are some of your favorite multi-tasking skincare products? I’d love to hear about them!

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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