Pantene Foam Conditioner, a review

Pantene Foam Conditioner, $5.99

My hair is in the category of fine and thin, so when I saw this foam conditioner in the store I decided to give it a try.  The Pantene Foam Conditioners come in six variations that match other Pantene product lines. I like the Classic Clean line so I bought the foam version.

To use the foam, shampoo first and then dispense a palm full into your hand. Work it through your hair from root to tip and rinse. I found the foam easy to dispense and apply, but it was hard to tell if it penetrated all the hair.  When I dried my hair it kind of felt like when you go to a hotel and use that tiny bottle of conditioner. My hair was straw-like in certain patches and didn’t feel anything like when I use regular Pantene Conditioner.

Pantene released these foam conditioners about six months ago and they are still trying to get them to catch on. They might work better for someone with shorter hair or people that really don’t like thick conditioners. Right now you can get a buy-one-get-one free coupon that work on the foams and the micellar shampoos and conditioners at PG&E and coupons.com.

Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask, a review

Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask, $6.99

I have wanted to try a peel mask for awhile and now I know why I didn’t. This mask was a disaster for me. Formula 10.0.6 is a relatively new brand that can be found in ULTA, CVS, Target and other retailers. The line includes facial skin care products like moisturizers, toners, cleansers and masks.

I grabbed the Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask because it was on sale and I wanted to try a peel mask. I cleansed my face and went it for the kill. First off, it’s hard to spread the mask on. The consistency is kind of like rubber cement and the translucent color makes it hard to see how thick/thin you are applying it.

Once I thought it was applied thoroughly, I waited for it to dry. The tube says 10-15 minutes, but it was probably a little longer (I also live in a humid climate). It was hard to get off, and definitely did not come off in one big piece. There were little patches that I couldn’t get off and when I tried to use water, it gummed up again! I even tried a cleansing wipe without much success. Suffice to say I couldn’t tell you how the mask treated my skin because I was too focused on taking it off. Later on in the day there were still little pieces of mask peeling off.

I’m not going to blame my misfortunes on this brand. I’m sure I would have similar results with another brand and peeling masks Just aren’t my thing. If I do try one again I will get something dark and deep like those black charcoal (I may get a commission from this link) masks.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir vs. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury is UK based luxury brand that is amazing.  It combines makeup with skincare for foundations with long lasting results. The Light Wonder Foundation hides perfections and while keeping skin hydrated for 18 hours. It provides light, buildable coverage (with a SPF15) that will last all day without feeling heavy. It comes in a pseudo squeeze bottle that prevents contamination and insures you can get every last drop out- which is good because it clocks in at $46. It is also hard to find. Some Nordstrom stores carry it and you can buy direct from the website. It really is a premier product so if you’re looking to splurge on a foundation for a wedding or big event, Charlotte Tilbury is the brand.

Covergirl Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation

If you can’t find a Nordstrom with Charlotte Tilbury or you don’t want to spend nearly $50 for foundation, Covergirl has a great option. Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation is made with vitamins E, B3, B5, antioxidants and an SPF of 20. It has a similar consistence to the Light Wonder foundation, is buildable and is priced around $10.

*Note: In both of these foundations I had to get 1 to 2 shades lighter than they appeared in the bottle. For some reason (maybe the anti-aging ingredients) it looks darker on your skin, so go somewhere where you can test it.

Three face masks to rescue winter skin under $25

Winter can be hard on your skin. Cold weather outside coupled with heat inside buildings can create dryness, itchy skin and sallowness.  My usual treatment go-tos are tissue and hydrogel masks, but putting them on in the winter makes you feel like you’re in a cryotherapy booth. Here are three products that will soothe winter skin without making you feel like you dunked your face in ice water.

Yes To Miracle Oil Calm & Sooth Primrose Oil Mud Mask, $3.29 (I may get a commission from this link)

This pink tinted mud mask is made with youth inducing evening primrose oil, meadowfoam oil, aloe and  rosemary leaf extract. It  soothes and hydrates skin. leaving behind a faint rosewater scent. Each packet can easily produce least two mask sessions. Find them at Ulta and CVS stores.

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.49 (I may get a commission from this link)

This mask is perfect to use after a day out in the cold. Just peel the tab and feel the mask heat up on your fingers. Natural charcoal helps to draw out impurities and blackheads while heat soothes your skin. Note: This mask is more effective and easier to remove in the shower.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $25

I got a sample of this mask, tore through it and went to buy the full size.  Laneige Water Sleeping Mask has this “Moisture Wrap” technology that creates a barrier to hold in moisture for eight hours. You can use it with your favorite overnight moisturizer or by itself. I like to cleanse with PIXI Glow Tonic first to keep oily skin at bay, and then apply the Water Sleeping Mask. The directions say to use it two-three times a week, but if my skin is really dried out and needs a good plump, I use it everyday. Get it at Sephora or Laneige.com.

An easy fix for those holiday breakouts

The holidays can wreak havoc on your skin. Too much sugar, alcohol and stress can cause unwanted blemishes to pop up on your skin, right before a big party. I discovered this little gem at CVS you can use to both reduce a pimple and hide it from the world (and your fingers).

Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots are tiny plastic-like dots made with hydrocolloid and work like those blister band aids. The dot is applied over the pimple, disguises it and draws out the fluid, decreasing inflammation and shortening the life of the pimple. They are supposed to last for eight hours but if you have a larger, more active pimple, you made need to use them more frequently . Spot Dots are also very helpful if you are a picker and will help heal dry spots on your face.

Each package contains 30 dots of different sizes and retails for $3.49. I got mine at CVS in the K Beauty section, but you can get them online at peachandlily.com.

All things beauty from in and around Washington, D.C.

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