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The Body shop matcha green tea face mask review

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I love face masks. Like really, I do at least one mask a week (sometimes 2 or 3) and I’ll watch YouTube while I do it if I want to relax or sometimes I’ll just use purely for skin care and do work while I have it on. Like this morning, I wrote a blog post while wearing this mask.

Last weekend, I was disappointed to know that the Lush near me (my usual stop for face masks) had closed, so I turned around and went to the body shop. I’d seen this mask advertised by Zoella on Instagram, and it was in the window at the body shop, so I went to check it out.

The Body Shop has a whole new line of face masks including one with Himalayan Charcoal, British Rose, Ethiopian Honey, Chinese Ginseng and Rice, and Amazonian Acai. I promised myself I wouldn’t get the Charcoal mask because I have far too many masks with charcoal or mud in them. The Acai one worried me slightly because of how it promised to “energize my face” through natural caffeine, and the ginseng and rice one was more meant for nourishment. It also had sesame oil in it, which my brother is allergic to. I ruled the honey one out because it wasn’t exciting enough and narrowed it down to this mask and the British rose.

Finally I decided that exfoliating and clarifying mask was probably meant for me (and Zoella liked it so…) and I bought it. The Body Shop also recently launched a mask brush for it that was available too. I didn’t get it, but now I wish I did because I loving giving myself a facial like experience at home. I also love The Body Shop’s makeup brushes in general (and they’re cruelty free!), so I can vouch for the quality.

But did I make the right decision in getting a highly advertised, hyped up face mask?

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Yes to Tomatoes charcoal sheet mask review

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Before this mask, I

A) hated sheet masks and

B) was suspicious of drugstore skin care.

I didn’t like how goopy some sheet masks were, and they felt too… luxurious. Even at $3, which seems cheep, the price of this mask builds up with each use. My Origins Charcoal mask is $17 (I have a travel size), I’ve had it for a year and I’ve used it an estimated 20-30 times. I’m not even finished with it! Something about the fact that sheet masks can only be used once, and I have to plan for each use I didn’t like. I would squirrel them away, never using them.

Since I’ve started using these, I’ve started to like that. I save them for special occasions when my skin needs a bit of extra help or when I have an event coming up. It’s relaxing to put on a face mask, and even more relaxing to know I’ve saved it for a special moment!

So I guess you have to take the good with the bad when you use sheet masks. Reasonably, a sheet mask would be 25¢ or so (which makes Charlotte Tilbury’s new mask all the more outrageous). Since no company is going to sell sheet masks for a quarter, I guess $3 isn’t all that bad!

Price aside, how does the product itself work? Read on to find out!

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Julep what your skin needs restorative face milk

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When I first got this, my reaction was sort of “what do I do with this?”

Full disclosure: I received this as a gift from Julep and I never intended to buy it. So when I got it, I was a little confused. I had no idea what a face milk was and I don’t know how I was supposed to use it. I’d always assumed face milks were either like toners (another mystery), or had anti aging purposes not intended for my skin.

Does it go under makeup? Does it work as a moisturizer? Does it clear my skin? Does it hydrate it? Keep reading to find out exactly what this does and what I thought of it!

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Julep love your bare face oil review

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This was my first ever cleanser. Of course, I loved it when I first got it, but the real miracle is that I still really like it two years later. There’s not many things that I can officially say I’ve liked for over a year or for over two years, simply because my taste in makeup has changed so much.

Two years ago, my daily makeup included a shockingly white eyeshadow swiped all over the lid, a highlighter brushed onto my cheekbones and my temples, a clumpy brown mascara, and lip balm. Now, I don’t like or use all of those products and have removed them from my collection, keeping them only for sentimental reasons (except the mascara).

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Pai gentle cleanser review

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Prior to this product, I had never heard of the skincare brand Pai. However when my mom offered me a cleanser she’d gotten as a gift with purchase and didn’t want, I was skeptical.

Aren’t all cleansers basically the same?

Short answer: no.

The first difference is the cleanser I was using at the time was oil based, while this one is a cream. The second difference is how soothing this felt when I put it on my face. It dissolved any dirt or grime on my skin, leaving my face feeling smooth and soft.

My second question was this (and I’m sure yours as well):

Who (or what) is Pai?

Turns out Pai is a brand from England that specializes in organic, environmentally friendly skin care for sensitive skin. They are cruelty free and create products that don’t use common irritants like heavy fragrance, parabens and more (click here for the full list of ingredients they avoid).

To sum it up, Pai makes high quality skin care products specially designed for sensitive skin and to minimize enviromental footprint.

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