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?

Mask Monday: Forever 21 Pearl Mask Sheet

The last Baroness paper mask I have to share with you is the Pearl Mask Sheet…

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I picked this paper mask up at Forever 21 along with the tomato mask and the snail masks. All three are from Korea and the brand is Baroness.

Like the two before, the pearl mask had no odor. That’s nice since I kick back and leave it on my face for 20 minutes. This mask felt cool on my skin. After my 20 minutes were up, I removed the mask and rubbed in the remaining residue. It was soft and creamy and left my skin feeling smooth. I didn’t feel the need to add any other skin product on my face after using this mask. However, right before bedtime, I did use my Kiehl’s Midnight Repair Concentrate.

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In my opinion, for $1, I got a very nice experience and feel my skin benefited from using these masks. Forever 21 has a huge turn over of their inventory. I haven’t seen these again since I purchased them. I have, however, picked up a foot mask that I will be reviewing. I have learned that when I see something like this, and the financial investment is small, I need to go ahead and stock up. I wish I would have with these Baroness paper masks.

One thing that I did notice with the ingredient list on all of the Baroness masks; the headlining ingredient, as the pearl is with this mask, is practically insignificant. As you can see here, the Pearl Powder is the last ingredient and only .01% at that…

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Actually, I purchased these on a whim rather than buying them for the healing or anti-aging or any other reason of the purported title. It was a pleasant experience and a lesson that just because a product says that it is a ‘pearl’ mask doesn’t mean that it has a lot of that ingredient in it.

No scary photo of me wearing the pearl paper mask, this time. It looked just like the other two. And also, I forgot to snap a photo. Regardless, I would recommend these masks because it gave me a reason to lie down and just be for 20 minutes. No cell phone, no TV, just me and my own thoughts. The masks are a tool, if you will, to mentally check in with myself. Even though I usually post this series on Monday, I actually use the masks on Sunday evening. It’s a ritual that I enjoy to end my weekend and begin to move towards the start of a new week. And hopefully, my skin gets a little joy out of it as well.

Have you ever used any beauty product that has pearl powder in it?

Pure Ice Nail Polishes

(These polishes were provided to me for my honest review.)

Sometimes, when you just need a little pick-me-up, a simple pleasure in purchasing an inexpensive nail polish can do just the trick. Plus, it’s calorie free.

I have several Pure Ice polishes that were sent to me to try out. They are all pretty and, the selection was a wide range of colors and types.

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After Hours is a warm pink shade. It’s a great shade for Summer. I have applied 3 coats, as I did with all swatches here…

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Next is Viva Las Vegas. Again, three coats of this rockin’ bronze polish…

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Sea Glass is my favorite of the ones I got to sample. This is a very sweet, fun and not in your face shade. Even though it’s green, this polish goes with just about everything because it is demure…

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This is Ballet Slippers and, if you are looking for a wedding polish or, one for a very young miss, I highly recommend this shade…

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I applied a coat of Sea Glass over one nail for an accent…

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This is Private Show and what a stunner. Seriously, just three coats to awesomeness…

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Wide Awake is a sheer, glittery brilliant blue…

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I wanted to work on accenting Wide Awake with a coat of black polish underneath. I love the multi-dimensional look it made…

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Pure Ice is found, exclusively, at WalMart. The line has a multitude of shades from cremes, to metallics and fun glitters. They cost only $1.99 and that, my friends, is cheaper than a therapy session.

Which of these 6 is your favorite?


Products were provided to me for my honest review and opinion. 



Mask Monday: Baroness Tomato Mask Sheet

I bring you another facial mask sheet review. Again, this one is one I picked up at Forever 21. This time the featured ingredient is the tomato…

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I am not a huge fan of eating tomatoes however, I was ready to take on the tomato mask…

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Well, the masks from Baroness all say the same tag line as you see above. That’s OK with me. I want those things too.

I was really interested in two things. One, how much tomato was in this mask…

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As you can see, it only says .1%. Negligible. But it does have an ingredient that I do like to eat and that’s Kiwi.

The other burning question I had was, is the mask tomato red…

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Alas, it wasn’t. It was the same milky white sheet that any of the Baroness masks I have tried from this line. (Check here for my review on the Baroness snail mask.) I think that may be a good thing. If it was red, it could have stained my skin. That wouldn’t work.

The tomato mask left my skin so smooth and soft. You bet I smelled the sheet and, I did find that it had the very faintest odor of something that reminded me of a garden. I can’t truly say it was that of a tomato however, it was so faint that I really could say that it was practically odor-free.

After relaxing for 20 minutes, I removed the mask and massaged in the leftover lotion on my skin. I let it soak in and my face felt so smooth, I had my husband stroke my skin to make sure I wasn’t just making it up. I wasn’t and he was as amazed as I was. In fact, I was delighted. And then, sad that I didn’t purchase more than just tomato mask. For a dollar, it’s a wonderful treat for my face…

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Purchasing the Baroness masks at Forever 21 has been one of the best new skincare purchases I have made this year. What some of us won’t do for beauty…

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Have you tried any of these masks yet?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Puffs Fresh Faces Wipes

This segment of Facial Wipe Wednesday is a product that you might not expect. This is a facial wipe from the makers of the Puffs facial tissues, called Puffs Fresh Faces…

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As you can see, it’s a decorative box made to leave out on the vanity. My various photos in today’s post show two different color boxes. The photos above have a truer color, a pink shade, than the others I took in sunlight. I’m OK with either color, actually.

This pretty box came free with a three-pack of Puff tissues. I couldn’t find a count on this box however,upon research online, I found the count to be 45. I like that the opening is plastic to keep the wipes from drying out…

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At first glance, you make think these wipes are personal wipes. However, they are called Puffs Fresh Faces. Even though I could use them as personal wipes, they are not meant to be flushed down the toilet. Puffs Fresh Faces is made in the USA…

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The promotional ingredient in these wipes is Saline. Saline has a pretty stable pH balance close to what skin is. Once other ingredients are added, however, that pH can change. The premises of this wipe is to keep the skin moist while removing makeup and dirt…

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Here’s what I do know: these wipes smell exactly like toilet paper. Or, Puffs tissues. I find that a pleasant fragrance and it doesn’t stick around long after I have used a wipe on my face. It didn’t sting or even bother my eyes. I found that these wipes weren’t too effective on waterproof or regular mascara. But, I did find that the wipes made my face feel super clean when I used it on a bare face, for example, on days I wore no makeup at all.

The wipes are standard size and I didn’t edit this photo on purpose because Libby was up on the Vanity inspecting my work. You can see her tail at the far left…

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There’s just the wee bit of texture to the wipe…

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And, this material is thinner than most, as you can see my hand through it. But, in use, it didn’t feel thin at all. It was very sturdy all the way through.

I was not able to find these wipes on the Puffs website so, I’m thinking they came and went already. However, I did find some for sale on the Amazon website.

Puffs Fresh Faces wipes are a hit as a freshen up facial wipe. And, if you don’t have any mascara on, it makes quick work of getting off all other makeup. I love the fragrance and even my husband found using them for a fresher face to be enjoyable.

Have you seen Puffs Fresh Faces? Would you mind using a facial wipe if it smelled like toilet paper?

M Steves Skin Care Products

It was planned to put these products in the monthlyReject or Repurchase post. However, I felt that these two can stand alone in their own review.

These are two products that I was sent by M Steves. I received them late, last Summer. However, once you read through my review, you’ll see why I never got around to using them up…at least, right away.

I received the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer and the Ultra-Nourishing Boost…


I’ll start with the Ultra-Nourishing Boost. That this the product on the right in the above photo. It is made from rose-hip seed oil. Rose-hip seed oil doesn’t smell like roses, that’s for sure. I knew that even before I received these products. Rose-hip seed oil is the foundation of these products. And, per my conversation with the creator, M Steves, this is what she created to heal her cystic acne when everything else failed.

Granted, I do not have acne but, she said that it was nourishing for all skin types. When I received it, naturally, I tested it out immediately on the back of my hand. Then I smelled it. That’s where the love left me. I found this difficult to put on my face as the smell reminded me of the linseed oil I used to clean my oil paint brushes. Even though I tried to use it several times on my face, the smell didn’t dissipate. I figured that a skincare product would never smell like that and, surely, I got a bad one.

I called Ms. Steves to tell her. She told me that it isn’t supposed to smell like roses and that some folks do find the smell to be on the strong side. But, she said it was possible that I received one that could have sat on a shipping truck in the heat. So, she sent me another one. Unfortunately, it smelled the same as the first one.

I set the Ultra-Nourishing Boost to the side and never used it again. There’s no way I can get past the repugnant odor. And, it didn’t go away after hours of being on my skin.

There is a recommended way of using the Ultra-Nourishing Boost along with the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer. But, I skipped doing that after day 2 and went straight to using the moisturizer.


This product didn’t have quite enough moisturizing elements to make my skin feel hydrated. This would be a product I’d recommend for someone with slightly to mostly oily skin. I have normal to dry skin. Luckily, this product had a pleasant, light orange fragrance.

I wash my face first thing in the morning and then put on a moisturizer. I used the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer because, after I have a cup of tea, I workout. Then I take a shower. After that, that is when I use my complete skin care routine. In other words, I use that first moisturizer of the day to get me through until I shower. It isn’t one that needs to get me through the entire day.

Thus, after several months, I finally did use up the moisturizer…


The Ultra-Nourishing Boost costs $68. The Multi-Benefit Moisturizer sells for $48.

Setting aside the fact that I found the Ultra-Nourishing Boost to smell terrible, these products would be better suited for someone with oily to oily/normal skin. As for my opinion, these two items are not for me and, I can’t recommend the Ultra-Nourishing Boost as I feel most users would be highly put off by the odor.

Have you tried this brand? Have you used rose hip seed oil?

Mask Monday: Forever 21 Snail Mask Sheet

When I saw this at Forever 21, I HAD to give it a try…

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I have read that it’s quite trendy in Korea to use facial products that contain snail slime. Supposedly, it refreshes and rejuvenates the skin….

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Luckily, I don’t have an aversion to snails. Heck, I have even had snails as pets. They are quiet, clean and pretty neat to watch. However, I never let them crawl on my face. Maybe I was missing out all this time!…

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This was an inexpensive risk and, I was game…

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Really, it was only a buck. So, I’ll jump to the ending…I wish I would have picked up several more…

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My biggest worry was that the mask was going to smell terrible or weird. Nope. It didn’t smell at all…

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This was a paper mask that I contoured to my face. I put it on, set my timer on my phone for 20 minutes and, kicked back…

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Yes, it is frightful to look at. But, it felt like any other paper mask. It was cooling, very moisturizing and, I didn’t even feel the need to put on any moisturizer after I took the mask off. I just rubbed in the remaining slime…oh, I mean product onto my skin.

Seriously, this was better than I expected it to be. It is, definitely, something I would do on a weekly basis. If it would have been labeled ‘best collagen mask ever’, you would have never known it had snail slime in it.

Have you tried any product containing snail slime? Would you give it a go?


Rue 21: Confetti Crush and Feather Effects Nail Polish

I don’t stop into Rue 21 store as much as I used to. But, I’m sure glad I did a couple of weeks ago. I found these…

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I purchased these 4…

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And, if they have names, the price tag covers it up.

I took photos, at the store, of the ones I didn’t selection to buy…

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I prepped to being nail polish play…

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This needs to be stated, the Power Gel No-Rub Glitter Polish Remover doesn’t work on bit for me. When I follow the directions, it just gets gummy and shreds the paper towel all over my nails. The super-sized chunky glitter was hard enough to remove with my Zoya Polish Remover. I had to file off plenty of pieces.

Here’s a closer look at the 4 polishes I did get…

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If you don’t like big glitter or bar glitter, you won’t care for these at all.

However, I like the way they look. Here’s the one I tried…

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The base color is SinfulColors ‘Mauve’, which doesn’t look Mauve but more lilac.

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And, I wanted to see how all of them looked over black and some new Wet n Wild polishes I’ll blog about later…

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I got a new smart phone and these are photos I played around taking.

Again, as much as I love this glitter polishes, these have to be the most difficult I have ever tried to remove! I believe these polishes are made by Color Club but, I can’t read the label clearly. The Feather Effect polish does say Color Club on the front, though. All of these polishes are super-thick. Great staying power and I only had to give it one coat to get plenty of glitter to transfer to the nail.

While I was at Rue 21, I found these earrings on the clearance rack for a buck…

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Often, I find LA Color makeup at Rue 21 and that’s what I went in hoping to find. I didn’t find any new to me makeup but, I love the polishes even though they are truly a pain to remove. Not too bad for the price of 2 for $5.

Do you shop at Rue 21?

CeraVe Moisturizers and A Long Story On How I Came To Use Them

I have changed up my skincare routine for the past 6 weeks. When I am not reviewing or testing a skincare product, I use Kiehl’s. That’s my very favorite skincare. However, two things happened to detour me; one, after seeing an advertisement online about CeraVe, I went to their site and ending up getting a $3 off coupon. And, two; I have gone from running on the treadmill to running outdoors now that the weather has turned warmer.

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If I step WAY back to the beginning of my introduction to CeraVe, it would be attending a Women’s Show when I lived in Virginia. Walgreen’s had a booth and I received samples for both the AM and PM moisturizing lotions by CeraVe. I didn’t use them right away because I was taken back by the high SPF number and, my past experience was that those types of lotions smelled weird and didn’t absorb well into the skin. Eventually, I tried out the samples and my past prejudices faded.

CeraVe doesn’t have a weird smell, in fact, there’s barely any smell to it at all. And, these lotions truly did moisturize my skin. I used a coupon that I picked up at the Walgreen’s booth and purchased the AM lotion with SPF 30. I moved to Florida and used this whenever I knew I’d be outside for an extended period of time. Then I started running and wanted something that was sweat proof. I purchased the CeraVe Sunscreen with SPF 50.

Jump forward again and, I now live in Colorado. I noticed that the back of my hands were starting to get dark spots. Oh, no!!! I read that folks that do a lot of driving expose their hands to lots of sunlight and the windshield doesn’t give enough protection. Since I had moved on to using Kiehl’s, the CeraVe AM lotion was moved to the console of my car. I applied it to the back of my hands every time for a drive.

Now you’re caught up! I got the new coupon and went to purchase CeraVe’s Sunscreen SPF 50 for outside activities. I couldn’t find it and just figured they had eliminated it so, I picked up the PM lotion instead. As I browsed, I discovered that the CeraVe Sunscreen was in with all the sun products and not inline with the rest of the CeraVe. So, I ended up with both because, it was buy one CeraVe, get the other one 1/2 off and, I had a coupon! Win/win!

This is the AM lotion…

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I’m a little over half way done with this. This moisturizer might be a bit too heavy for those that have super oily skin. However, I’d recommend no less than an SPF 30 for every day use…please! Even if it’s not this brand.

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Since I already had the AM lotion for some time, I don’t have the box with the list of full ingredients…


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When I go out for my morning run, I use the SPF 50…

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cerave crop 4This one is oil-free and water (sweat) resistant. I put it on my arms, neck, ears and exposed parts of my chest as well. This product will change your mind about using a zinc lotion; I love it! Best of all, no funky weird smell!! It says light-weight but, I wouldn’t use that description. It does absorbs in easily…

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New to the Vanity fold is CeraVe PM lotion…

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This has a lighter formula than the other two. Nary an odor but my skin feels super smooth using this lotion…

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The AM and PM lotions have a pump dispenser…

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Phew! If you made it this far, I bet you can tell that I love these three CeraVe products. I will admit that I got a couple of pimples when I first started using all three, 6 weeks ago. I don’t know which one would be the cause or, if it was just a fluke. My skin has adjusted just fine, either way.

As I mentioned, I picked these up at Walgreen’s or you can find them at large mass merchandisers and Ulta. CeraVe’s website is currently showing a $2 off coupon and, you can read more about their products as well. I think I’ll get that coupon and try their new eye cream.


Which CeraVe product have you used? Did you like it?






Facial Wipe Wednesday: Wait…These Aren’t For The Face!!

Not the regular Facial Wipe Wednesday this week. This one is going South!!

When I pick up my 5K race bib, I get a swag bag. I look forward to see what goodies I get along with a cool t-shirt. This last time, I got Fresh Feet Wipes by JasmineSeven…
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Each pack as 1 sheet. One Fresh Feet Wipes sheet cleanses both feet. And, you can use it on your hands too. But, my favorite, is to use a wipe after I have finished a long walk or a run. My feet can get hot clocking in the miles! These wipes not only clean my feet, but also, make my feet feel refreshed and cool.

That cool feeling comes from the peppermint and aloe. The soft feeling comes from the Vitamin E. Oh, yes. It makes my feet feel soft and smooth. And, it is totally alcohol free…

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There’s a little story on the back about how these feet wipes came to be…

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A listing of the ingredients…

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The wipe is tightly folded which, might not be something you think about. However, if you have a small backpack or runner’s pack, one of these packets don’t take up hardly any precious room…

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And, the full-size isn’t skimpy. I like the size of this wipe because I am cleansing two feet…

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This sheet is slightly textured however, it doesn’t make much difference for my feet…

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I used the first one right before bed and instantly, I noticed how cooling it felt. I put the other packets with my running shoes to remember to use them after a run. And, that’s what I did. They were awesome! I think I like the Fresh Feet Wipes more for the cooling sensation than just to clean my feet. However, after plodding a few miles, my feet get sweaty. These wipes make it easy to clean up stinky toes!

These are just samples given for signing up for a local race. You can sign up for the races I do and hope you get this in your swag bag. Or, you can purchase these straight from their website, where you can get them in a canister as well as single use packages. I’m excited because they also have lavender scented wipes as well. Now those I’d use a bedtime.

Have you ever used feet wipes? Can you imagine how comforting it would feel to treat your feet to these?