Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask – a review

Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask, $24 for 5

Sheet masks have become very popular in  the skin care realm. But not all masks are created equal. Some paper masks are just gelatinous masks that fall off your face and offer a mediocre result.  I got the Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask in a Target Beauty Box and was the most valuable item in the box.

Laneige is a Korean beauty brand that prices out on the higher end. The brand is currently exclusive to Target and includes skin care and makeup. This mask is actually a bio cellulose mask, a heavier almost plastic looking material. It adheres to skin and provides a better delivery method of treatment into the skin.

Unlike other masks, it comes in two pieces and eliminates the bad fit you get with one piece mask designs. It doesn’t have a strong smell and utilizes simple, powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid, mineral water and quinoa extract.  I left it on for 30 minutes and I noticed the mask was thinner as the ingredients actually ABSORBED into my face.  The results were amazing! My skin was plumped and glowing. It helped minimize fine lines and my skin looked like I just got a $120 facial at an upscale spa. The prescribed use is once or twice a week and comes to about $5 per mask. This product would be great to use for a special event like a wedding or night out.

The Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask ( I may get a commission from this link) is available in a 5-pack online or in Target stores. Through March 18, 2017, spend $20 in beauty and get a $5 gift card (online and in stores) or spend $35 on Laneige products and get a $10 gift card (online only).

  • Shop online at Laneige.com/us beginning on April 1, 2017!
  • You can also now get Laneige at Sephora.com.

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser- a review

Yes To Coconuts Hydrating Melting Cleanser

 

I  love oil cleansers. They are the easiest way to remove makeup without causing stress on the skin. Plus, they leave residual moisture, unlike most soap based cleansers. My favorite cleanser of all time by The Body Shop (Moisture White) was discontinued and so I have been on the lookout for an new oil cleanser made without mineral oil. 

I found this creamy coconut oil based cleanser at Target and gave it a try. Made with rice bran oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and olive oil, Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser (I may get a commission off this link!) is actually a thick gel. You can apply it as is, or mix it with water. Mixing it with water makes for an easier application but it hard to get the right cleanser/water mixture that takes off your makeup in one try. It also seems to leave a residue behind. 

Bottom line, I use it once in a while but it doesn’t work as good as a traditional oil cleanser. I just started using  Simple’s Hydrating Cleansing Oil (I may get a commission off this link) instead. It is made with a majority grapeseed oil and pulls most of the makeup off in one swoop. The Yes To Coconuts cleanser does work well to clean makeup brushes and sponges!

Cool stuff to get for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to buy things like candy, flowers and cards. But it is also a good time to treat yourself to pink themed beauty or drop hints for non-perishable gift ideas to your sweetheart!  Here are eight products on the top of my list.

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iluminage Me Glow Beauty Boosting Eye Mask

Sleep soundly while your skin gets repairs via this eye mask made with copper threading. Copper promotes skin renewal, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Lasts 100 washes, $25 at nordstrom.com.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Limelight

This new highlighter from Kevyn Aucoin is almost too pretty to use…almost. The ombre highlighter is highly pigmented, gives skin a strobed glow and lasts all day, $58.

Oasis lip Gel in Blush Crush

This cool lip product from H20 Plus is part lipstick, part lip gel and its transparent. It applies like a dream and has a nice minty flavor. It comes in six different shades (including a completely clear version) and costs just $12. Get it online at ULTA and H20Plus.com but hurry – it sells out frequently.

Hard Candy Blooming Lip Oil

Lip oils are great for keeping lips moist in the dry winter air, but they can be a little pricey. Hard Candy Cosmetics has a new lip oil made with ten essential oils and a ph adjusting  formula that creates a shade unique to your lips. It lasts for 8 hours and will only set you back $6, get it at Walmart.

Valentine Shampoo Bar Giftset

If you’ve never used a shampoo bar, now is the time!  Bath and body purveyor Basin White is offering a choice of your favorite shampoo and conditioner bar in a cute heart tin for just $17.99. Each bar lasts about 50-75 washes and they are great for travel.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo

Two of my favorite things are dry shampoo and Philosophy’s Amazing Grace. This limited edition dry shampoo cleanses and texturizes with the lovely scent of Amazing Grace, $24 at Nordstrom.com. Also available in Pure Grace. 

Lash Couture Mink Lashes by KISS

These super thick lashes by KISS have the look of mink but are 100 percent cruelty free. Easy to apply and reusable, you can skip the serums and extensions for lashes that are more than “battable”. Get them at Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart stores, $5.99 per pair and $5.99 for adhesive.

Voluspa Vermeil  Prosecco Rose Candle

Technically candles aren’t beauty but they sell them in the beauty section so I’m going with it. It’s pretty, pink and smells of Rosé, cassis and white rose petals. Made with coconut wax, essential oils and cotton wick, $18 to $30.

 

 

 

 

Serovital now available on Amazon

Serovital (AKA Serovital-hgh) is now available at everyone’s favorite e-tailer, Amazon.com. I tried this product when it first came out and love it (see my review here). It has been kind of hard to buy – only available at ULTA, Costco and the brand site. Now you can buy it through the Serovital company via Amazon (I may get a commission if you use this link)for $122.48 including shipping for a 40 day supply. A 30 day supply is $99 at retailers and the website. I am going to try to use Alexa to buy it next time!

Sweetease hair removal strips – a review

Its been several years since my favorite brow wax kit left the market (Anastasia Beverly Hills). Ever since I have been looking for a replacement for waxing at home. I stumbled across this affordable Sweetease kit and ULTA and it has been working pretty well. 

The kit comes with eight strips, an instruction card and aftercare wipes. I use two strips (brows and upper lips) each time. I also have a little baby oil and cotton swabs on hand to remove wax residue. I cut the strips in half for easier application and if I’m really feeling ambitious, I trace the underside of my brow on the strip with a pen to get a closer fit. The kit isn’t perfect, but for $3.99 its a nice substitute for a $20 salon wax. Find it at ULTA and CVS stores.

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