Freeman’s Beauty: Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask

The Facial Mask Monday product is a different type of mask. This is one that is a cream, you put it on before bedtime and sleep with it on. I think I picked up this Freeman’s Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask at Walmart. They usually run about $1.37 or so.DSCF0022

I had only read other reviews about these types of masks so, when I found this one, I thought I’d give it a go. When a product says that it ‘deeply hydrates’, I feel they are talking to me…

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I was worried about getting my pillow and sheets messy. But, I figured it out by not putting it on as thick as an apply and wipe off 15 minutes later mask. That left about 4 applications from this one packet.

If you love cantaloupes, you’ll love the fragrance of this mask. I wish I had some in the refrigerator right now! It smelled just like the melon!  That, along with the chamomile set the stage for a very relaxing experience. There are lots and lots of ingredients in this mask. Wow! A lot of them are from plant and fruit oil that are recognizable…

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How well did this one work? It worked so well I wish my skin would feel like this all the time. But, that was the next morning. I had a hard time keeping myself from rubbing in the product. And, it did sting my cheeks and nose for about 7 minutes when I first put it on. Maybe the facial wipe I used caused it? I don’t know. I don’t have sensitive skin so, I can’t recommend it to those that have any sensitivity issues.

The mask is a very heavy cream. When I applied it, it became opaque, however…

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The entire time I prepped for this post, all I could think about was Mrs. Kravitz. How many of you are old enough to know her and her put-upon husband, Abner?

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What sleeping masks do you recommend?

elf: Disney Princess Belle Eye Shadow Palette

A couple of months ago, Walgreen’s presented more Disney princess makeup and accessories. I have continued to collect the makeup story books and, purchasing this one was a given, as well…

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This palette is by elf and it celebrates Belle from the Beauty and the Beast movie.

This is quite the neutral palette. But, there are enough shades to create a light, neutral look all the way into a smoldering, smoky eye…

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I think swatching makeup is the thing I love most about blogging…

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I did use a swab for the swatching over a light application of eye shadow primer. I found all the shadows to really ‘pop’ with the primer. This palette is from elf so, there is a bit of fall-out but, they didn’t crumble away and, the pay out makes it worthwhile. In my opinion!

You can’t get more simple with these directions…

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For days when I want a close to no makeup look, these are some of the best colors to use…

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If I remember correctly, I got this for around $5. What do you think? Are these not great Summer to Fall transition shades?

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen

This product was given to me to review.

I speak right up when someone wants to know what skincare products I love and, what do I use when not testing out products for the blog. I use Kiehl’s. Their products have given me not only the results I’m looking for but also, I see results very quickly.

So, when I got the opportunity to try out Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen, I knew it was going to be a product I could truly put to the test.DSCF0011

I have been running and training for 5K races for over a year straight. Even though I am out early in the morning to do my runs, I have found that being at a higher altitude, here in the Denver area, makes a huge difference in the amount of sun I am exposed to. This is why I choose products that have SPF 50 for my body when I am outside.

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid states that it is 50+. Now we’re talkin’! This isn’t the old, goopy, stinky stuff from years ago. Not only does this apply completely into my skin, it also doesn’t have a bad smell. It’s a light fragrance that quickly dissipates.

Note in the photo above that this sunscreen is for both UVA and UVB sun rays. You want a sunscreen that protects from both of these which is why it’s called Broad Spectrum.

Those with oily skin can run into problems with some sunscreens. While I have normal to dry skin, I feel that almost everyone can use this and not experience break outs. However, Kiehl’s has a very liberal return policy and, you can always get samples at their stores to give it a trial run first.

DSCF0013When I read the ‘Shake Well’ wording, I did so. There’s a serious ball in there to mix things up! I will take it that there is some separation when the bottle sits and you want to mix it all up. Not a problem at all. I tend to shake up most bottles before using, anyway.

There’s a tamper-proof tab to remove before dispensing…

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I definitely want to share the ingredient list with you…

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And, as I have stated before, I like to research ingredients that are not familiar to me. I wanted to learn more about Avobenzone and Oxybenzone. You can find these readily in a variety of sunscreens but, not in all of them. These two chemical formulas penetrate the skin in a mesh-like pattern. This insures that your skin is protected from broad spectrum UV rays but also, that your skin can still breathe and perspire. These two ingredients don’t clump or compromise your protection when you sweat. Just remember that you will want to reapply Super Fluid every two hours.

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I put a small sample on the back of my hand to show you that the Super Fluid is, indeed, a fluid, and not a cream…

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I dispense an amount on my fingers and then rub it into my skin. As you can see, it completely soaks in and doesn’t leave any residue behind…

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It dries completely, with no tacky film. The bottle doesn’t state specifically if this is just for the face or the body. I take it that it’s made for both. And, I used it for both. I applied the Super Fluid on my face after I had applied a moisturizer. I use Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate under and around my eyes and then I applied Super Fluid over that and all over my face. Since it has a matte finish, I didn’t mind using it on my face one bit. I like the way it feels on my skin.

I particularly like using Super Fluid on the backs of my hands (if you are not putting a daily SPF on the back of your hands, start right now!), my ears, on the back of my neck and back, all over on the front of my neck, onto the decolletage area and, even onto the tops of my shoulders. However, you can use this all over your body. Boy, does my skin feel silky when I use this. I, actually, look forward to using this sunscreen.

Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen can be found at their stores or, you can order it on their website. Super Fluid comes in two sizes: 1.7 oz for $38 and, 4.2 oz for $61.

I have made Kiehl’s Super Fluid a staple on training and race days. Are you fastidious about using SPF too?

Mask Monday: Tony Moly Pomegranate Mask Sheet

This installment of Mask Monday is a sheet mask I picked up at Urban Outfitters. It’s got so many names and titles on it, I’ll just say it’s TonyMoly’s I’m Real Pomegranate Mask Sheet. This particular one is for elasticity…

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This sheet mask is more expensive than the $1.00 Forever 21 masks but, cheaper than the Sephora one, at $6.00, I have all tried in past segments…

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However, this one comes from Korea, same as the Forever 21 masks do. I peeled these labels off to see if there was anything under them. There wasn’t. Maybe it was added info after the packages were printed up…

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Luckily, I’m not a newbie to sheet masks. The instructions are rather vague…

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But here are the English directions as well as the ingredients…

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The pomegranate ingredient is listed as ‘Pumica Granatum Fruit Extract’. How odd that they wouldn’t list it like they did the ‘Anise’ ingredient. Especially when they are naming this a Pomegranate mask. And again, the ingredient that they are advertising is way down the list of ingredients.

Anyway, this was a very juicy mask. And, the sheet was more delicate than others I have reviewed. I tore this just a little when I opened it up to put on…

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There wasn’t any fragrance at all. I left the mask on for 25 minutes while I reflected on my day. OK, to be honest I played a game on my phone. Nevertheless, I was relaxing and letting the mask do its job…

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Nothing to see here but the same old, creepy look sheet masks give. After 25 minutes, I removed the mask and massaged in the rest of the serum left behind. My skin felt plumper, as it usually does after using a sheet mask. I didn’t feel the need to follow-up with a moisturizer. I did, as this was right before bedtime and, I’m fussy about applying it. You may not feel the need to add a moisturizer.

Was it worth $3? I say so. My skin still felt soft the next morning. As for as elasticity, I think I would need to continually use a product to make any significant results for that. However, I did enjoy using this mask and feel confident I could recommend it for any skin type except those that would find exception in the ingredient list.

Do you shop for makeup and/or skincare at Urban Outfitters?

I’m Checking In On My New Year’s Resolutions

I know that is a weird title to start off a blog post for the beginning of July. However, hear me out.

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2015? I kind of cheat and start mine November 1. Why in the world would I do that? One, it’s my wedding anniversary and two, it is the first day of the pagan year. Mostly I do it because I want a head start on everyone else.

When Summer comes in June, I’m ready to reflect and see how well I have done on my commitments so far.

First, I don’t usually share most of my goals with people outside of my family. Even that can be hard because I have had so many dreams dashed by sharing them and, having someone take them away. I like to hold them close because my goals are very personal. But, I feel that by sharing these, I am being proud of my accomplishments regardless of what anyone else says. I am only comparing myself to myself.

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My first goal is a huge one and that is to run 10 5K races this year. The most I have ever run, in one year’s time, is 2 or 3. I started running a little over 5 years ago. I took some time off in 2013 after my father passed away because I just didn’t feel like doing it and, I moved from Florida to Colorado. I got ill last year and that is what actually spurred me to get back to working out again. Plus, I was beginning to miss it.

I started January off with my first 5K of the year and, first one in Colorado. Last month, I finished my 4th one and, have a race every month until the end of the year. Placing my finisher’s medals on the wall, next to my treadmill (which I only use if the weather is bad) gives me motivation…medals

I will be purchasing this medal hook rack to put them all. It sums it all up…

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Tracking my fitness progress is essential for my success. I keep a monthly tracking form of my workouts and runs. It is very gratifying for me to see each line filled in…

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If I am to workout almost every day, I need to eat and, I need to eat foods that give me healthy fuel. My goal is to start the day off with something healthy. My breakfast is a protein shake with creatine (helps my muscles recover faster). I add in frozen fruit or, my current obsession: peanut butter and a banana…

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Previously, I was hit or miss on taking my vitamins. I found an app called Habit Bull and I love clicking off each day. The app also reminds me to do so…

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Learning is something I have craved my entire life. I have discovered Udemy, which has a huge selection of online courses. I am enrolled in a lot of them because I won a giveaway where I won all the classes I had listed in my wishlist. My goal is to actually TAKE the classes. I have been sporadic in doing so…

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As well as learning, I made a goal of reading a book a month. I haven’t done so well with this because, I am either reading stuff on the Internet or, reading fitness, running or health magazines. I have a LOT of books waiting to be read…

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This is the first electric toothbrush I have ever owned so I don’t know if all of them have a timer but, mine does. It has 4 timed rounds. I had been cheating on the time and cutting it short. My goal is to brush for the entire brushing session. I’m doing great on that goal…

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And, I have been wanting to up my game on my beauty blog, right here! I have made very, very slow progress. Mostly because even though I know what I want, I don’t know how to do it. I haven’t given up. I love blogging and, most importantly, I enjoy the beauty blogging community…

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Each year I give up one beauty product that is not cruelty-free and once I make that choice, I stay with it. I’ve not broken that goal in the past 4 years that I have made that commitment.

These are the most important commitments I have made for the year. Checking in on them in the middle of the year helps me not only recommit but also, to remember why I choose to do these things.

Do you keep your New Year’s Resolutions?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Wet N Wild Under The Sheets

This edition of Facial Wipe Wednesday covers Wet N Wild’s Facial Wipes called Under The Sheets. I have been wanting to try these for some time but, I continued to select other brands before them. This time when I saw them in the store, I went for it…

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The packaging is the standard plastic one with a resealable plastic flap. I am disappointed to find that the package only contains 25 towelettes…

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But, I am happy to purchase a product made in the USA. Although Wet N Wild states that these are for sensitive skin, I’m starting to feel that statement just doesn’t hold water with me or, with my readers. I implore you to read the ingredient list rather than believe that blanket and, somewhat useless nondescript statement. Here are the ingredients…

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Here’s a bit more about the product from the package…

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I found these sheets to be soft but not supremely soft. As long as the wipes aren’t scratchy or irritating, I’m OK. What these wipes did do was remove…wait for it….WATERPROOF MASCARA. Yes, it’s actually true. I have three different brands I experimented with and, I tested it over and over because I was sure I had done something wrong. There was a bit of scrubbing needed but, I didn’t feel I needed to use my ‘sanding a piece of wood’ mode.

The towelette is regular size, if not a wee bit smaller than most…

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And there isn’t much of a texture to it, however, it is soft. Just not ‘baby soft’…

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There is a very slight fragrance to it. The smell reminds me of a nice aerosol hairspray. I would guess that is the alcohol. It wasn’t unpleasant one bit. And, the fragrance didn’t linger much.

As with all Wet N Wild products, these wipes are cruelty-free…

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There are directions on how to use the wipes. Don’t flush these either. (Now I wonder what the difference is between facial wipes that shouldn’t be flushed and personal wipes that CAN be flushed. I smell research and a blog post.)…

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I picked these up at Target for $3. That makes me more forgiving about there only being 25 sheets to a package. And, although they are inexpensive, they do their job and, they do it well. I did still get some residue with following up with a toner. But, I didn’t need an extra product to remove waterproof mascara and that’s the win.

I know lots of readers love Wet N Wild brand. Have you tried their wipes? What’s your opinion on them?

Replace or Reject: The Very Late April Edition

Quick, before folks from the Hoarders Show come to my house, I want to get rid of these products. Never mind the stuff I have bought since and have taken these products’ place.

Moving along…This is a Flower Beauty shadow I got from Walmart, where it is an exclusive. I got one to try out but, I found all the shade selections to be very pretty. Here, is Orchid-ing Around…

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While it is a very pretty color, this type of shadow creases like nobody’s business on me. If you have ever tried L’Oreal’s Infallible shadows, this is just like it. Maybe a bit creamier. I tried an Infallible shadow and promptly returned it. I remember it distinctly because it was the very first time I had ever returned a beauty product.

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Along with the Flower shadow, I found another Chapstick that has to go. There are way too many other softer (SoftLips) balms out there. And, here’s a Replace: Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream. I did a review on this product here. It is all that, seriously. I can’t wait to replace it.

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You can see how serious I am about Reviva Labs Cream. I took a Q-tip to swab out every last bit of this awesome cream…

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Along with the Glycolic Acid Cream, I also used Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Not only did I fall in love with this one, but my husband got on the band wagon with me. When it was gone, he asked me where can we get some more of this. I will be getting a replacement of this one too…

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You know, I sure in the heck have a lot of ChapStick brand of balms to get rid of in my house. Seriously. I thought I’d like Cake Batter but I did not. I thought it smelled weird.

The Argan Oil Styling Cream is a replace because this stuff made my hair feel healthy. And, this IS one product that smelled good. I can’t say that this styling cream helped to style my hair but it make my curls less frizzy without weighing down my locks.

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I have a huge makeup artist case that I have fun going through once in a while. Actually, I have been going through it looking for things to remove to make room for newer, more loved products. The EyeStudio in Ivy Icon, by Maybelline, is a reject. I thought it was pretty at the time I bought it. But, the color fell flat when applied. I didn’t bother to try and make it work though. It just wasn’t pretty when I put it on.

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The two shadows below the EyeStudio shadow are from Jesse’s Girl…

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Cream shadows and I do not get along most of the time. Sadly, that is what happened with these two. Crease City. I have tons of eye primers. I like to have an assortment of them. In fact, the makeup company I own has a great eye shadow primer. But, these cream shadows just don’t work for me.

I feel relieved, even freer, to blog about these April Rejects/Replacements. I could tell you that May’s edition is forthcoming. But, I worry that the moving crew from Hoarders may beat me to it.

Have you had more rejects than replacements lately?

Mask Monday: Sephora’s Ginseng Mask

If you have every been to a Sephora makeup store, you know how much time you can spend in there. Also, how much money you’ll spend too. It’s not hard to rack up a huge haul with a bill that’s even bigger. So, when I go to Sephora I want to make sure every single one of my purchases give me the best that can be offered.

When I picked up Sephora’s Ginseng Mask for toning & Revitalizing, it had some big shoes to fill…

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Kinda cute how the picture of the lady applying that ‘fiber mask’ is doing it oh, so smoothly. Aaand, moving on…

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I love the bright yellow packaging the mask came in but, I didn’t like the white lettering for the instructions. You might say, ‘Hey, Kimberly…what? Are you new?’ However, I think it’s important to make the directions clear for everyone. There is always a first time and, I wanted to know exactly how long it was going to take to get revitalized.

This single-use mask cost $6. I have to tell you that right up front because all the other single-use paper masks I have purchased are not even close to that cost. Thus, my expectations were extremely high. I was impressed with the packaging…

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I had to take this photo and enlarge it a lot to be able to read the ingredients. It sure as heck didn’t happen when I was at the store. I felt the need for extremely thick readers to see this…

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For touting Ginseng as the headliner, I found that it was listed high in the ingredients. And, if you squint really hard, you can see that there are several other natural/herbal type of items in there too.

The package that contained the mask was hard to tear open. I’m OK with that because there’s less chance for the mask to dry up. When I did get it opened, this mask was juicy…

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Of course, I was kidding earlier when I mentioned the drawing of the lady applying the mask since these masks never quite mold to my face. Or, anyone else’s for that matter. I don’t fuss about it too much. This one was so juicy that I knew my entire face was going to get some product on it.

Now the good part; kicking back and chillin’ for 15 minutes while the Ginseng mask does its thing. While the product itself was very cooling, there was not any odor at all. Not even a hint of the aloe vera. But, that juiciness was mostly from the aloe and, surelycreating the cooling sensation.

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When the fifteen minutes was done, I took a photo of my revitalized self, got a good chuckle and then removed the mask. I rubbed in the remaining juice and enjoyed very soft skin. Do I feel revitalized? Yes, I do. Do I feel toned as well? I would say so as my skin felt slightly plumbed after using this mask.

The entire experience was a very good one. I feel I got my money’s worth, my skin felt great and I enjoyed using Sephora’s Ginseng mask. I would love to use this one again.

Sephora has several different types of single-use facial masks. Have you tried any of them?

Mask Monday: Studio 35 Beauty Warming Mask

This Mask Monday edition hosts a warming mask from Studio 35 Beauty, Walgreen’s own beauty line…

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I picked this one up when Walgreen’s had them on sale for about $2.50. They usually run around $3.50.

Walgreen’s has a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their home brand products. That’s a great reason for me to recommend these to you. If you don’t dig it, take it back. It was interesting to see that after all the Baroness paper masks I have been reviewing that even this one is from Korea, as well…

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The Studio 35 Beauty mask is a liquid mask, however. It’s a semi-thick cream that has an off-orange color to it…

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When I squeezed out the entire package to apply to my face, most of the cream was the opaque cream rather than the clear liquid. I made sure to emulsify the rest of the cream in the envelope in case it all needed to blend together to create the warming effect.

And, mentioned the warming effect, it is slight yet, still noticeable. But, only upon application. I didn’t really feel the warmth after 3 minutes of applying it.

The fragrance is very light. I was expecting it to have more of a citrus odor to it but it wasn’t even leaning towards an orange smell. I found it to be pleasant and didn’t interfere one bit with the great experience of using the warming mask.

Although the instructions state to leave the mask on until it dries, I found it didn’t completely dry on me. It did get slightly tacky but, it didn’t become dry or tight…

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The exfoliating part is very subtle. I can’t say I noticed it at all. I just trust that the mask was breaking down the dirt and dead skin layer and was washed away when I was finished. It wasn’t on purpose but, some of the mask got on my lips. It actually felt nice and so I left it on. There wasn’t any itchy, burning or otherwise unpleasant sensation so I went with it.

The list of ingredients are as follows…

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Along with a very long list of herbal and natural extracts are some chemical components I wasn’t familiar with. I picked one to research as I love to learn about these things.

The fifth listed ingredient is Sodium Silcoaluminate. Just on a guess, I figured it was some sort of salt, silicon and aluminum mixture. What I discovered is that it is a rather common ingredient used in eye shadows, mascaras and foundations. It has a very slight SPF but nothing worth touting about. It does have some anti-aging benefits and can be found in those types of products as well. You can also find Sodium Silcoaluminate in laundry detergent and Biscuits. Why, may you ask, would this ingredient be in those items? It is also an anti-caking agent, and is often used as a food additive. It is abrasive and helps increase the volume in items. Quite commonly known as a bulking ingredient.

As I concluded by the name, it is made up of sodium, aluminum and silicate. There is no known toxicity to the environment or to humans. This ingredient isn’t a known allergen and isn’t known to interfere with the human immune system.

After researching Sodium Silcoaluminate, better than 20 minutes had passed. (I had the mask on while I did the research.) I checked and found the mask, as I mentioned, to be tacky but not drying. I must mention that there is more than enough product for my face and my neck so, I got the idea to use it on the back of my hands as well. I washed it all off with a warm wash cloth. The mask washed off very easily. After I pat-dried my skin, it felt squeaky clean. Not extra soft but I wasn’t expecting that. My skin was very clean-feeling. And, I’m quite happy with that. It was prepped and ready for my regular skin routine.

Walgreen’s warming mask is one that I feel I could recommend to all skin types. Unless you see something in particular that you know you are allergic to from the ingredient list, I think it would be OK for those with sensitive skin.

Have you tried any of Walgreen’s Studio 35 Beauty items?

 

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Pacifica Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes

This installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday is a heart-breaker. Keep reading and you’ll see why.

I purchased Pacifica”s Coco Wipes at Target, for around $6, specifically after reading a positive review on another beauty blog. Previously, I have purchased a couple of Pacifica lotions and LOVED the fragrances. If you like Summery-coconut fragrances, I recommend you check Pacifica out.

With no hesitation, I purchased the Pacifica Coco Pure Making Removing Wipes…

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Pretty packaging and just look at all the good things mentioned on the front of the package…

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And, a favorite of mine to see; a 30 count. Here is what the back of the package shows…

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The wipes were a good size…

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They were incredibly soft too…

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Another plus is the plastic opening to remove the wipes. I feel these can keep the wipes fresher and seal in moisture…

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And, I was thrilled that the wonderful fragrance I have come to associate with Pacifica was a part of these facial wipes too.

So, what went wrong? These babies stung my skin. Especially, right under my eyes and the top of the apples of my cheeks. It felt like it was burning. I ended up using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner or, Vichy’s Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution right away to tame down the burn. Normally, I wait about 10 to 15 minutes after using a facial wipe to see how dried out my skin feels. I couldn’t wait this time.

I noticed that the burning was more intense when I was removing full-on makeup. It still burned when I was makeup-free but, not as intensely as with removing makeup. Maybe I was scrubbing extra hard to remove my makeup since these wipes didn’t work on waterproof mascara at all. Even regular mascara gave these wipes a challenge. In fact, I used two wipes when I had full makeup on because one wasn’t removing everything. I still had makeup coming off with the toner and micellar water.

The possible conclusion I have come to on why my skin felt like it was burning could be the citric acid in the wipes. However, I have used Vitamin C in lots of products before and never had a reaction. Maybe my skin doesn’t like coconut ingredients like my tongue does. Irregardless, I am very disappointed that the Pacifica Coco Pure wipes didn’t agree with me.

Have you tried any Pacifica products? How about the facial wipes?