Beauty, Skincare

Sephora Pearl Mask 

I love face masks! I feel like I talk about them a lot on here, and that is not really going to change because I have a lot I want to review! However, most of the products I’ve tried so far have been masks where you apply some sort of gel or cream, but the hottest new trend from Korea is the fiber mask where you apply a moistened wet-wipe-esque mask to your face. I was excited when I got this one free from Sephora!

Cute packaging! 

 Sephora has many fiber (or sheet) mask options, and they each address a certain skincare need. This one is the pearl mask, and it is for perfecting & brightening, and it is available for only $6. This weekend, my fiance and I were watching “The Mummy Returns,” and I thought that this would be the perfect (thematically-relevant) time to try a sheet mask!

It was very moist when I opened the package, which I think helped it stay on my face while I was watching the movie. It says to leave it on for at least 10 minutes, but I left it on for about half an hour. Afterwards, the mask was still very moist. I kind of wonder if I could have folded it up, put it in a ziplock bag, and used it a second time by using the other side of the mask.

My skin felt moisturized after this mask, however it did not look brighter or more perfect. I wouldn’t even say the moisture was enough to give me any sort of glow. I’m not sold on its effectiveness at all, but I’m willing to try another masks just to see if one of the other ones works better.

Beauty, Skincare

The True Cream Aqua Bomb 

I feel like I’ve received so many large samples of moisturizers recently, so I’m trying to work my way through them. Today, I’d like to talk about The True Cream – Aqua Bomb from the Korean skincare brand belif. The full-sized version of this moisturizer is available from Sephora for $38 for 1.68 oz. A smaller version (0.84 oz) is available for $22. 

This is a sample!

 First, I think this is a great moisturizer, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it. That is because I have combination skin and leans towards the occasional oiliness. This moisturizer packed too much of a punch for me. I just felt like this product moisturized so well that my skin looked a bit greasy. However, I would absolutely recommend this for someone who has very dry skin. It has a wonderful, fresh scent that reminds me of the ocean, and this did not make my acne worse during the week that I tried it.

So, should you buy it?

Pros: It will moisturize your skin if you have intensely dry skin. It has an amazing scent. It also dries very quickly and sinks into the skin well.

Cons: It may make you look kind of oily if you do not have extremely dry skin. While it did not make my acne worse, it also didn’t seem to make it any better. Also, there’s no SPF, and I think every moisturizer should protect the skin with SPF.

Overall, this is a good product, but I think it may have a limited following. It’s ingredient list contains products that provide moisturizing benefits, but there’s nothing in this product to help with problem skin, sun protection, or aging. There are just so many better products out there.

Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Huge Sephora Haul!

The Sephora semi-annual sale began yesterday (for VIB Rouge members – VIBs can shop today and everyone else can shop the sale Saturday through Wednesday). I decided to use this 15% off opportunity to stock up on skincare and other essentials rather than indulging in things with color like another pink lipstick or shimmery eyeshadow (I, for sure, have enough of those to last several lifetimes). So, I wanted to post a list of the things I bought since I hope to be reviewing them soon and I know other people are still finalizing their sale wish lists.

1. GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream from Origins

I got a sample of this product a while back. It really made me look more awake as it helped my dark undereye circles. It also moisturized well, and I love that it contains caffeine.

2. Detoxifying Black Cleanser from Boscia

I used to use this cleanser regularly. It heats up and contains charcoal, which is great for acne-prone skin. It helped my skin so much, but I stopped using it because the pump would get clogged and I’d have to unscrew the pump to get to the product. I’ve decided that the benefits to my skin outweigh that inconvenience.

3. AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel from Peter Thomas Roth

I’m excited to try this product. I hope it helps my hormonal acne since it contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and retinyl palmitate.

4. Mask-a-Holic Kit from Peter Thomas Roth

I am a sucker for a good face mask. I love them so much. They’re such an easy thing to do to feel pampered, and you can often see great skin results after just one use. I opted for this sampler pack because I’ve heard great things about all five of these masks but I’ve never tried any of them before.

5. Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie 

The old formulation of this moisturizer used to be my go-to moisturizer. It was perfect for my acne-prone combination skin because it moisturizes enough without me feeling greasy or oily and it did not cause breakouts. I hope little to nothing has changed with this new formulation. Fingers crossed!

6. Translucent Loose Setting Powder from Laura Mercier

I’ve been on a quest for a great setting powder, and I’ve heard great things about this one. So, I decided to give it a try.

7. Lash Building Primer from Clinique 

I have long lashes, but they are very thin and lackluster. I’ve been hoping that trying a primer before my mascara would help them look fuller and keep their curl better.

8. Maracuja Lip Exfoliant from Tarte

The key to perfect lipstick is having lips that are moisturized with no excess dry or dead skin. Using an exfoliant alongside lip balm every evening is a great way to prep your lips for the next day’s lip color.

9. All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray from Urban Decay

My bestie let me use her bottle of this setting spray for several days last week so that I could see if it worked for me before I made this purchase. I loved it! It really did make my makeup look better and last all day.

10. De-Slick Mattifying Powder from Urban Decay

I’ve been getting a bit oily in my t-zone recently, especially about half-way through my work day. I wanted to try this powder for touch-ups.

So, that was my huge Sephora haul! I’m looking forward to receiving and trying these products. They should be here by Monday or Tuesday (I prefer to shop online at Sephora because the online store has better freebies with each purchase than the physical stores). Also, I am now on a “no buy” phase for quite a while. I have so many products I already own that I’d like to review, so I am going to try to only buy new products when I have completely run out of the old products. I may actually have enough to last me until Sephora’s next semi-annual sale in November!




lips, Makeup

The World’s BEST Lip Balm

Recently, I was going through my lip products to see what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to give away, and what was just too old and needed to be tossed. As I was going through my (very hefty) lip bag, I came across this gem that I had somehow completely forgotten about: Minted Rose Lip Balm from Rosebud Perfume Co. 

minted rose lip balm

This balm, available from Sephora, is only $7. I have purchased so many of these tins over the years, but I guess I’ve been using so many from L’Occitane this past year that it got shoved aside for far too long.

This minted rose balm has such a light, beautiful rose scent. It tints my lips ever so subtly. A teeny bit can go a very long way – when I used this every single day at least once a day, I only had to repurchase yearly. I don’t believe there is a case of lip chapping severe enough that this product can’t cure it. It’s just the best, and the moisturizing effect is long-lasting. When I apply this in the morning in lieu of other lip products, I won’t have to reapply until after I’ve eaten a meal, and even then, my lips are still feeling softer and more moisturized. When I apply a thicker coat before bed, my lips still feel great in the morning.

So, should you but it?

Pros: $7 for a lip balm that will last you a year is actually a great deal. This balm delivers all the moisture anyone could desire. The rose scent is so light and refreshing that even people who dislike rose scents probably wouldn’t be bothered by it because it is so subtle.

Cons: Some may not the cool, tingly feeling that accompanies this product. Also, some people are averse to products that come in tins instead of tubes. There is a tube version of this balm, but I have used it and I did not find the texture to be the same and the results seemed a bit less moisturizing and long-lasting.

Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this product. Now that I’ve rediscovered this product, I essentially want to give away all my other lip balms and salves. This is the holy grail of lip balms!