Beautiful Spring Flowers

My flower obsession gets more real every year. Here are a few that I have seen on walks during breaks at work.

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These little babies are so tiny and delicate!

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Just beautiful. I don’t have a favorite flower, but I do love seeing these more and more every spring! Do you have a favorite?

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Review: Rodan and Fields Mini Facial

I was recently able to try the Rodan and Fields products thanks to my friend Sarah. I had not previously heard of this brand but I did a little bit of research and it looks like a brand I could really get behind.
Sarah sent me a mini-facial kit. I was extra excited when the products arrived because she put them in the cutest packaging. Basically after I post this I will be doing a google so that I can find out where to buy similarly cute packaging.

 

First I unpacked the products. I loved the way that they sent the samples. The tiny capsules are a good way to not waste a ton of plastic/paper on packaging and I found that all three of the products were very easy to open and dispense. I also enjoyed the fact that there was a step by step guide that told me what the products were and how to use them.
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The microdermabrasion paste (step 1) was very interesting – I don’t usually use scrubs so this was a new experience for me. I did not really care for the smell (it wasn’t scented, just chemically) and while I was using the paste, some got in my mouth and it tasted salty. I was also a little worried when I read the directions because it said not to use on sensitive skin. I can never figure out what the blanket “sensitive skin” statement means, but it usually concerns me given that my skin is quite acne prone.
The paste itself did a great job. I massaged it into my face for about 1min 30 seconds (I like to get what I can out of a sample, lol) and when I rinsed, my skin felt very smooth and moisturized.
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Next I took out the blue capsule, which was Night Renewing Serum. This product also worried me because it didn’t come with information and I am genuinely terrified that things will have acne triggers. However, my fears went out the window as soon as I put the liquid on my fingers and applied it to my face. This product is amazing. It spreads quickly and has a matte texture after use. It felt very luxious and fancy. I would likely buy this product if I could confirm that it would not make my skin breakout. I definitely wish there would have been more of this because I absolutely loved the way it felt.
Afterwards I used the lip treatment which had a vanilla scent/taste. I did not think that the lip treatment was any better than the night time lip treatment that I currently use. There was a bit too much of the product so I overapplied and felt a little gooey. But lets be real – that was more of a personal problem than a product problem. I don’t think that I would purchase this product because I’m not the biggest fan of vanilla lip treatments and I prefer the flavor of the product I am currently using. However, if you’re looking for a good lip treatment with vanilla flavor, this might be a good option for you.
All-in-all this was an enjoyable experience. Of the three, I would be most likely to purchase the middle product. I did start to experience a breakout the next day, but my skin is so unpredictable that I can’t say for sure whether it was because of the Rodan and Fields products or for some other random reason. I know that the company has products that are ok for acne so I will look into those.
If you’re interested in receiving a sample kit so that you can try these products, please send me an email and I will connect you with Sarah. You can also check out her R&F website.
Have you ever tried these products? What are your favorites?

Nighttime sheet mask routine

I have not been using sheet masks much in 2017 but I recently started using a retinoid and thought my skin could use a boost. I like sheet masking because the different sheet masks have different benefits and can be useful when other products cause irritation. Right now my skin is a little bit irritated and super dry, so I decided to go with the Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack.

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If I sheet mask I always do it before bed. Naturally the first step of this routine is washing my face. Tonight I used the Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash, which is my go-to face wash when I’m not in the shower. I love this face wash because it has a balanced ph and doesn’t dry my skin out. It is super neutral and also doesn’t have any acne triggers. It would be my holy grail if it didn’t seem to always get ruined in the shower.

After washing my face I spray Dear by Enprani Moistful Booskin all over my face. This is my all-time favorite asian beauty product and I’ve been going nuts lately because I can’t find a full-size bottle online for an affordable price. Moistful Booskin is a moisturizing toner which works to hydrate your face and prepare it for whatever comes next. This particular product smells like roses and is perfect. I decanted it into this spray bottle so I could get full, all-over coverage without wasting a drop.

After the booskin, I use an active. Since I’m working on adding the retinoid into my routine most nights, I used Stridex in the red box tonight. I don’t remember why at this point, but red box is the only one that you should use. This is one of the very best products for actually fighting acne out there – I highly recommend it. Since it can be a bit drying, I always follow up with a face lotion or a hydrating sheet mask.

Now, the sheet mask. As I mentioned, I used the Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack tonight. I love this mask – it’s one of the first asian beauty products that I bought and I try to always have one on hand. They’re super soothing, smell good, don’t have acne triggers, and my skin always feels perfectly hydrated the next day. I figured it would be good since my skin is breaking out a little bit from the retinoid, and the moisturizing aspect is desperately needed right now. I have a dozen other masks that I’ll use if I’m feeling adventurous or experiencing a bad breakout, but this is a nice go to when my skin needs a pick-me-up.

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So there ya go! My nighttime sheet mask routine. What is your routine? Any favorite products? Any recommendations?

Did you read all of this but you’re not exactly sure what sheet masking is? Check out this past post for more info.

Product Review: HiSmile Day 1

Man, it really sucks when you see a picture of you and a friend and your eyes are drawn to the fact that their teeth are noticeably whiter than yours. I have never been able to whiten my teeth. I remember buying Crest white strips for the first time as a teenager, and leaving them on even though it felt like I was chewing on tinfoil. I wasn’t brave enough to continue to regimen, so my teeth never got whiter, but every few years I would try them out again with the same results.

I haven’t heard much about HiSmile but a couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend who mentioned that they were good for sensitive teeth. Later that night Kylie Jenner posted on SnapChat that the product was 50% off, so I decided to buy a kit.

The package showed up in the mail yesterday. It took about two (maybe three) weeks to get here. I think it came from Australia? Not 100% sure because I had someone else do the ordering for me, but it says AirMail. I was super amused to see that I am apparently a company called “What Up Jenn” in 2017.

The kit comes with three pens full of gel, a mouth piece, and a UV light. It also comes with a “how it works” note that explains how to use the product and a tool that allows you to measure the shade of your teeth before starting use.

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I think my teeth are about a seven. This isn’t the best light, but the photo is unedited.

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After measuring my tooth color, I pieced together the product and put it in my mouth. I pushed the button, and voila! It wasn’t terribly difficult to figure out, and the product wasn’t strange to use. I waited the full ten minutes and could see a bit of a shade difference immediately after, though not anything significant. I could definitely see the calciums in my teeth that had whitened up.

While it wasn’t pain free, the pain was only on the top of my two upper front teeth and was gone before bedtime. I am a little nervous about that and I’m hoping it doesn’t get worse as the week goes on.

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Selfie! I was simultaneously wearing a charcoal nose strip which was terrible and not at all worth reviewing.

Please let me know if you have any questions! I’m not sure if there are any referral bonuses for this product, but if you decide to buy let me know so I can look. It’s always nice for us all if we can get discounts!

Answer: What is sheet masking?

Last summer, a friend of mine introduced me to Asian beauty. She did so by linking me to the Asian beauty subreddit and it quickly became my new obsession. Since I had been having a difficult time with my skin, I decided to take a look at the products that were available.

I’m always interested in trying something cute and new, and Asian beauty products are certainly that. I began to research products that were specifically designed to help with acne, or products that would at least not make my sensitive skin any worse than it already was.

The first thing that I did was build a basic routine. Asian beauty experts recommend waiting at least two weeks between introducing new products, so I would order a new product every two weeks on payday. The products generally range from $10-25 so it was nice to break up the spending and take advantage of Amazon Prime shipping.

One of the first products that I ordered was a set of sheet masks. If you are someone who has wondered why I post photos of myself on Snapchat or Instagram with white sheets over my face, this is the reason. Sheet masks are thin paper masks that are soaked in an “essence” that works to specifically improve one or more aspects of your skin. Some of the common skin concerns are acne, moisturizing, aging, and whitening (which really means brightening.)

My first purchase was a ten pack of the Benton Snail Bee High Content Sheet Masks. I was excited to try the masks, although I was a little worried that the mask would react with a bee allergy that I’m not 100% sure I still have. I ordered the masks and when they arrived, I thought about patch testing but decided to just throw one on my face because.. You only live once, right?

Fortunately, there was no reaction and I really loved the mask. While I will admit that I’ve never had noticeable effects from the use of a single mask, I always enjoy the relaxation time that comes after applying a fresh mask. I especially enjoyed my family’s reaction to seeing me in a mask the first time, but I was a little bit heartbroken when my dogs weren’t at all spooked my new look.

All-in-all, sheet masks are a fun adventure. It is important to find masks that work with your skin concerns, and the Asian beauty subreddit (plus the internet!) can help you find the products that are right for you.

Beauty Review: Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

I received a nice sized haul from Memebox this week that included a product I’ve been wanting to try, Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Mask. This mask is featured in the top AB reddit post and it’s definitely part of the reason that I was drawn in.

The mask arrive in a cute little box with an adorable little piggie on front. I opened it up and was surprised to find a little spoon to help spread the clay. I was also surprised at the clay itself, kind of a gray sticky goo.

There isn’t a strong scent, but it does smell nice and clean. I decided to slather it on my friends face first because I wanted the bubbles to be a surprise for him. It started foaming up right away and it was fully bubbled by the time that I got the mask on my own face.

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We hung out for a while and laughed at each other. Adorable snapchat videos occured. My boyfriend joined in which made the experience 100x more fun. Also the bubbles on my cheeks foamed up enough that they started getting in my eyelashes!

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Finally we got bored of popping bubbles on each others faces and decided to wash it off. I realized that I didn’t know what to do so I did a google and found out that you pop the bubbles, add water, and rub it in for an additional two minutes.

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The texture after popping the bubbles was thick and creamy, so I will probably use less of the mask in the future. It took a while to wash off, but afterwards my skin felt super clean and amazing. I had a lot of fun with this product and will definitely use it again in the future. It’s not really something that I’ll use on a regular basis, but definitely whenever I have friends over or if I’m in the mood to play around.

If you’re interested in purchasing this mask, use this memebox referal link. It gives you 20% off!