05 February, 2017

Scented Sunday: Le Labo Santal 33 Review; Unbox With Me!

Happy Sunday!

For this week's edition of Scented Sunday, I want to review the most popular perfume right now--Le Labo's Santal 33.

A few days ago, I placed an order for the perfume from Nordstrom's website. I was going to order it directly from Le Labo because I would have gotten a customized label with my name on it, but ended up ordering it from Nordstrom instead because I had $20 in store credit there.

Anyhow, Santal 33 arrived like this:


When I opened it, I was greeted with a little note. I won't share its content here, since I don't want to ruin the surprise for you when you get a Le Labo perfume of your own!


Nestled in the box was a bottle of my beautiful perfume!


There is a reason why this perfume has been so popular in all major American cities for the last few years! Santal 33 is a gender-less perfume blend of sandalwood, papyrus, iris, amber, cardamom, Virginia cedar, violet, and leather. The result is a powdery-woodsy blend that is really attractive and unique. No fruity notes, no gourmand notes like vanilla or caramel, no traditional floral notes like rose or jasmine (although they are very lovely). Santal 33 is just such a beguiling, nontraditional scent that is equally attractive on men and women. 

There is also a slightly cucumber-like quality to this perfume, which I think is from the green papyrus note. It smells so good! Some people complain that this note smells like dill pickle on them, but I haven't had this issue so far. It just smells like sweet green cucumber to me, before the sandalwood note enters and balances it out. 

The lasting power is great, too; it's not a loud perfume that would distract others, but it is distinctive enough to garner some positive comments.

Although I love Santal 33, it is a polarizing perfume--people either love or hate it on themselves; for that reason, I recommend that you sample it first.



I also received 29 perfume samples! 26 were from a gift set that my order qualified for, while 3 were what I was able to choose with my beauty purchase.


Have you tried Le Labo's scents?
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31 January, 2017

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer Review

As I am writing this review for you to read, my chin is in the most excruciating pain I've ever felt. Actually, it's the skin on my chin that is in pain. Why? Because I had the misfortune of having tried what could possibly be the worst foundation that I've ever worn since I started wearing makeup.

The only two other times that I was in this much pain were after I had my wisdom teeth removed and my painkiller didn't work, and also the time I had given birth via C-Section, and the hospital sent me home without any painkiller at all, nor did they prescribe me any.

WARNING: What you are about to read next may be disturbing. No horrible pictures, thankfully, but this is going to be a descriptive review. AGAIN, WARNING.

Last week, I received a sample of Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (this is why you are seeing the stock photo instead of the actual product) with my beauty purchase. I tried it on, and absolutely loved it, until the next day. It has been five whole days since I tried it, and I am still in so much physical pain from it.

Let's look at the Pros and Cons, shall we?

Pros: Amazing full coverage (no concealer needed!) with the most natural finish ever. Lasted all day, and did not fade, smudge, crack, or break down until I washed it off before bed.

Cons: After just one use, I woke up the next morning with painful bumps all over my chin and up to just the outside of my lower lip. Each bump is filled with a hard, waxy yellow bead. Did I mention that my entire chin was covered in them? I did not try anything new on my face, other than this foundation. I removed the foundation completely using the double-cleanse method, too; double-cleansing is when you cleanse your face with one product, and then cleanse it again using another product, to ensure complete removal. Also, the sponge that I used to apply it was 100% clean, as I clean my makeup tools every morning after I've finished using them. Lastly, nothing in my diet had changed.

My chin is still in so much pain, even five days later, and both of my toddler sons pointed at my chin and asked, "Mama ow? Mama ok? Oh, no, Mama ow!"

I haven't worn any makeup for the entire week, as my chin is so inflamed that I want to give my skin a chance to heal before adding makeup to it.

Mind you, I do not have sensitive skin; you can literally rub grease on it, and it'd be fine. Even worse (yes, there's worse!) is that the hard, waxy bumps stick so far out of my skin that I can easily pull one out, which I did. After I pulled the first one out effortlessly, that pore started bleeding, so I stopped and left the site alone.

It is now day 5. My skin has slightly improved. Each day is slightly better than the last, but progress has been slow. I've been so distressed over this, that I don't even want to talk to anybody.

2/3/2017 update: I am now on Day 8. My skin is 99% better, except for a dry patch. After the bumps went away (thanks to chemical exfoliation), my chin had a large dry scab on it for several days. It is now looking much better.

Disclaimer: This post wasn't too insult anybody's taste or preference. If this foundation works for you, that's great! It just happened to cause a very severe reaction from my skin. Therefore, it is the worst foundation that I personally have used, thus far. Not saying that it is the worst foundation; just the worst one I've ever tried. :-)

What's the worst beauty product you've ever used?
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29 January, 2017

Scented Sunday: Aerin Lauder's Ikat Jasmine Perfume Review and a Mini Haul

I had a little haul from Nordstrom about a week ago. Granted, I actually bought only one item--a bottle of Aerin Lauder's Ikat Jasmine perfume, but it arrived with all of these things:


If you're wondering what ikat is, it is a type of specially woven fabric, which results in very unique patterns:


Aerin Lauder--Estee Lauder's granddaughter--named her perfume Ikat Jasmine because she wanted a perfume that smelled textural. In this case, a perfume that brought to mind images of woven fabric.

Look, the box has the beautiful ikat pattern! I don't usually keep perfume boxes unless they're really beautiful (like ones from Penhaligon's), but I'm going to hold on to this one for awhile. Maybe I'll cut up the box and make a greeting card out of it.

Sorry about the picture quality! I had to use my phone to take the pictures for this post, since I had trouble locating my real camera.

The bottle looks half-full here, which is due to the indentation at the center, where the label goes. That aside, isn't the packaging so gorgeous? The bottle is a high-quality glass bottle with multi facets. It has gold accented cap, topped with a beautiful white stone.


So, what does Aerin Lauder's Ikat Jasmine smell like anyway?
To me, it smells like a very expensive clean jasmine, supported by white gardenia petals and a hint of citrus. If you take Creed's Jasmal, blend it with Kai's Kai, and add just a light hint of effervescent citrus, you'd get Ikat Jasmine.

While Ikat Jasmine does not have a strong projection, I can still tell that it is a high-quality perfume made with high amounts of oils. Ikat Jasmine is beautiful, elegant, and unobtrusive. It stays close to the skin, and you'd catch whiffs of it throughout the day. I love how the perfume is beautiful without being a distraction, because at this stage in my life, I have no desire to wear a perfume to "make a statement." If you are a fan of Jo Malone's scents, you might enjoy Ikat Jasmine, too, as they share similar qualities-pretty, subtle, quiet.

Would I repurchase Ikat Jasmine? The jury is still out on this one, but I will repurchase it if I'm still in love with it by the time I'm done with the bottle.

Alright, onto the gifts-with-purchase! Let's see what I received.

1) For spending a certain dollar amount (I can't remember how much!), I could choose a four-piece gift set in one of the following scents: Pleasures; Beautiful; Modern Muse.
I chose the Pleasures gift set because I already have a large bottle of the perfume, and wanted to have the mini bottle to carry in my purse. I admit--I really waffled between Pleasures and Beautiful; it was a tough choice!


2) Because I spent over a certain amount, I also received these amazing items! 
The gift set came with deluxe sized samples of the Take it Away Makeup Remover Lotion (it melts into a watery texture, instead of greasy!), Advanced Night Repair serum, Advanced Night Repair Eye cream, Sumptuous mascara, SPF 15 DayWear cream, and two full-sized lipsticsk.


3) Nordstrom also had a beauty event, and my order qualified to receive these deluxe sized samples. Sorry about the picture quality for this one; I'll do better next time, I promise! Lol.

Included in this gift set were very large samples of Amore Pacific's foundation cushions in five shades (along with a sponge), SK-II's essence, another sample of Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum, Le Labo's Santal 33 perfume (gorgeous! But I'm undecided on whether woodsy scents really fit my personality), Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, Clinique Lash Impact Mascara, La Mer's Lifting Serum (I have been using this daily for the last few days, and it is amazing! Not sure if I'm ready to spend over $300 on it, though, as my skin doesn't really need it right now), and Fresh's Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask.


4) I also received a full week's chemical peel treatment by Dr. Dennis Gross for my skin. I can't wait to use it!



5) And last, but not least, as usual--all beauty orders from Nordstrom receive three samples of your choice!
I chose the YSL highlighter samples (they're great!), Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream, and Replica's Lipstick On perfume (easily the worst perfume I've smelled in the last ten years, but I'm really glad I got to try it first; review coming soon!).


Honestly, I was so touched by Nordstrom's generosity. I have been a shopper for years, and am always treated respectfully. Whenever I have an issue with my purchase, the staff always handles it quickly and graciously. Out here in New Hampshire, the closest Nordstrom is nearly two hours away in Massachusetts. Furthermore, having been spoiled by tax-free living (it's true--New Hampshire residents don't have to pay sales and income taxes!), I don't want to drive to Massachusetts and pay their sales tax. Thus, I've been ordering online from Nordstrom to take advantage of tax-free shopping, and free shipping both ways! On top of that, I use Ebates, so I get a portion of my purchase refunded, as well. Isn't that great? Haha.

This post isn't a plug for Nordstrom; I don't get paid by them for doing this. I'm just a very big fan of their store and generosity. However, if you'd like to sign up for an Ebates account, you may do so here (affiliate link).

What is the most recent perfume that you've acquired--whether as a gift or purchase?
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22 January, 2017

Scented Sunday: Best Women's Perfumes of the 21st Century, So Far

Hello, friends!
It feels very strange to be blogging again after having been "missing in action" for eight months. Here's the reason why I've been gone: I got a full-time job early last year. That job involved spending eight hours in front of a computer, writing reviews. As you can imagine, the last thing that I wanted to do during my free time was to review products, or even type anything on my computer at all. Since then, I have left my job, and am now pursuing other interests.

Anyhow, can you believe that it is now 2017? For this year, I wanted to start a new series, called Scented Sunday, which means that every Sunday will be dedicated to discussing all things pertaining to perfumes and fragrances.

For my first post of the series, I'd like to talk about the best women's perfumes released in the 21st Century, so far. I will begin with the year 2000, and end with 2016, as 2017 is not over yet.




2000: Truth, by Calvin Klein
Truth was a very unique perfume, with cold notes of misty dew, green leaves, and flower petals, contrasting against the warmth and sweetness of woods and a woman's skin. The result was something incredibly beautiful and sensual. Sadly, this perfume was on the market for only a few years before it was pulled off the shelves completely. Why was this? My theory is that the perfume was ahead of its time; if it were launched today, the perfume world would have been crazy about it.

2001: Coco Mademoiselle, by Chanel
Coco Mademoiselle was released 16 years ago, and the fact that it is still one of the top-sellers today should make it a case study. The perfume house of Chanel wanted to release something more contemporary to tap into the youth market. However, it wanted to maintain the high standards that it was always known for (and still is known for), so a lot of care went into the formulation of Coco Mademoiselle. This modern, yet forever timeless chypre, with notes of patchouli and orange blossom, is a modern classic, and I predict that it will still be a top-seller ten years from now and beyond.


2002: Black Cashmere, by Donna Karan
Yet another perfume that is hard to find! I honestly can't determine whether Black Cashmere has been discontinued, or if it just has a very limited production, because sometimes I'd see it being sold, and then I'd go for a few years without seeing it at the stores at all, and then it'd be back again later for a short time.

Black Cashmere really does conjure up the image of a plush, luxurious cashmere sweater, with its blend of warm woodsy notes, along with very subtle hints of warm amber and musk. Definitely worth a try, especially now, when dressing in colors such as black, white, and gray is so popular.


2003: Chance, by Chanel
Basically, Chance smells very similar to Coco Mademoiselle, but less intense. Despite not being a very unique scent from Chanel, due to its similarity to Coco Mademoiselle, its success resulted in multiple spin-offs (Chance Eau Fraiche, Chance Eau Tendre, etc.). After the success of Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel knew that it was onto something when it introduced luxury perfume to the youth market. So, Chance--the younger version of Coco Mademoiselle--was born. If you think about it, this was genius marketing. Let's say a sixteen-year-old girl (the target audience for Chance is 16 to 18 years old) falls in love with Chance and wears it. At some point during her early 20s, she's probably going to graduate on to Coco Mademoiselle. In her late 20s/early 30s, she's most likely going to try Coco, Allure, Cristalle, or even Chanel No 5. So, that is how Chanel gets its lifelong customers, as each perfume is a progressively more intense version of the previous one. Ingenious!


2004: None. Nothing from this year stood out to me

2005: Fantasy, Britney Spears
Twelve years later, Fantasy is still not only a top-selling Britney Spears perfume, but an overall top-selling celebrity perfume, period, according to sales reports shared with me by friends in the industry. It has also inspired a lot of spin-offs (Midnight Fantasy, Circus Fantasy, etc.). 

Sadly, this gorgeous blend of white chocolate-and-vanilla-cupcake has since been reformulated, which I addressed here and here. Fantasy still sells very well because the reformulated version is still attractive in its own right, it's just not exactly the same as the original.



2006: Beautiful Precious Drops, Estee Lauder
This limited-edition release actually had the same scent as the original Beautiful--released in 1985, but had thicker, serum-like texture instead. Did you know that Estee Lauder created Beautiful, after she wanted a perfume that smelled of flowers that one would find in traditional bridal bouquets? 2006 was also a ho-hum year for perfumes; in fact, the ones released that year were so mediocre that that best one was actually a perfume from 1985.


2007: Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, Estee Lauder
What a glamorous, full-bodied floral! Aerin Lauder--Estee Lauder's granddaughter--wanted to honor her grandmother's memory by releasing a perfume based on Estee Lauder's personal scent, Private Collection. The result was Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, a gorgeous, long-lasting white floral perfume. What made this an outstanding perfume was the gorgeous gardenia note that did not trigger headaches like other gardenia perfumes can. Definitely one of my most favorite floral perfumes, ever.
2008: Sensuous, Estee Lauder
Wow, another Estee Lauder perfume! I promise that I am not being paid by this brand to give its perfumes all these accolades. Estee Lauder just happens to have hired a very talented team of perfumers. Sensuous is a mix of spiciness and warm skin. It is sexy without being loud, and instead stays close to you. However, it is very long-lasting, and could still be smelled eight hours later.


2009: Omnia Green Jade, Bulgari
Omnia Green Jade smelled exactly like how jade looks--smooth, cool, and green in a sweet way. Sadly discontinued, this perfume was a blend of aquatic, white peony, jasmine, wood, and a hint of pistachio with some citrus. On paper, the notes look disjointed and like they would not flow together, but the result was actually a very cool and smooth, sweet green scent. Omnia Green Jade's discontinuation was due to poor marketing, like pretty much all of Bulgari's scents in the Omnia line. Efforts were put into creating these masterpieces, but they would not have strong, active ad campaigns to let consumers know that they even exist. I will never understand that.


2010: Chance Eau Tendre, Chanel
Honestly, Chance Eau Tendre is not my most favorite perfume. However, it does deserve to be on this list, due to its impact. The perfume is a more romantic and floral, less spicy than the original Chance. Of the Chance series, Eau Tendre is the bestselling one. It is a perfume for somebody who wants to wear perfume, but is afraid to.


2011: Le Parfum, Elie Saab
Wow, glamour and beauty in a bottle! Le Parfum is gorgeous blend of white florals (African orange flower, and jasmine), with honey, a hint of rose, and cedar. The scent has great projection, and is very long-lasting. This is a modern, yet glamorous diva of a perfume.


2012: Pure DKNY A Drop of Rose, DKNY
This is the most beautiful rose perfume ever made. It is full-bodied, smooth, true rose, and is the best edition in DKNY's Pure collection. The scent is strong in a good way, and lasts all day without changing. A Drop of Rose is a romantic rose perfume. There's something almost otherworldly about this perfume; it makes me think of a maiden from King Arthur's court whenever I smell it.


2013: Si, by Giorgio Armani
Wow, this modern chypre (woodsy-mossy) has been a bestseller since its release back in 2013. Si is an aromatic, warm blend of cassis, patchouli, white floral, rose, amber, and woods. The result is something smooth and warm like skin, with a glamorous sweetness that lasts all day. Si is a very versatile perfume; it fits in all settings, whether in the high fashion world or Modern Hollywood. The perfume also has a nice vintage feel; I can picture somebody like Elizabeth Taylor or Ella Fitzgerald wearing it. I'd like to mention one thing, however: the version sold in Europe is much longer lasting than the version sold in America, despite both have "Made in France" written on the packaging.


2014: Black Opium, Yves Saint Laurent
Dark! Sexy! Rock 'n' Roll! Black Opium is the scent of black leather jacket and red lipstick. The perfume is a warm and spicy blend of vanilla and coffee, with hints of jasmine, orange blossom, and woods. I've written a more extensive review for it here.


2015: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere (2015 edition), Chanel
A beautiful, modernized version of the classic No. 5 that deserves its own name. Despite its beauty and uniqueness (smells like sexy, just-showered bare skin!), No. 5 Eau Premiere has not been selling very well, due to the lack of proper marketing (see the commercial for it below). Also, the bottle is nearly identical to the one for the classic Chanel No. 5, which makes the average consumer overlook it and think that it's just another bottle of Chanel No. 5 instead of something new and different. I am so frustrated by this entire thing, seriously. My complete review for Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere is here.
See the forgettable, uninspired commercial here: 


2016: Si Le Parfum, by Giorgio Armani
This is the most concentrated version of Si. It is deeper and sweeter than Si, and does not have as much of the green patchouli note. While Si Le Parfum does cost more than the Eau de Parfum, if this is your favorite perfume, then it is worth the investment because it's much more concentrated, so you'd use less of it. Elegant, bold, feminine.


What perfume have you been wearing this season?
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30 May, 2016

Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask Review

Hey, guys!
Can you believe that May is almost over? Soon, it'll be June, and we'll be halfway until Christmas! It's so insane how this year seems to fly by so quickly; I want it to slow down for just a bit, so that I can actually enjoy life.

Speaking of slowing down to enjoy life, have you I told you that I got a job in a bigger, more fast-paced city? It is totally different from where I'm living, which is more country. It's true, friends, I finally pulled myself together and got a "big girl" job in a big city. Haha. So, if you're wondering why I've been a little bit more quiet lately, it's because I've been very busy with my new job. In fact, I'm in the city five days a week, and while I am enjoying myself there, it is also more crowded, and I have to be very, very diligent about caring for my skin. I'm facing pollutants every day, so it is extremely important that I use the proper products that will help undo the damage each day.

For the past week, I have been using Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask once every three nights. Its unique formula draws out the impurities from my skin, improves my skin tone, reduces pore size, along with firming and strengthening my skin.



The key ingredients in Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask are:

  • Kaolin Clay: known for its detoxifying powers, clay minerals draw out impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother, firmer skin.
  • Plant Stem Cells: This French developed constituent naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins, working to soothe the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.
  • Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins and minerals that hydrates the skin's surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.
  • CoQ10: Responsible for cell production in the human body, CoQ10 lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating healthy collagen production.
  • Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.
  • Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that repairs collagen production, combats free radical damage, and restores skin to elastic, bright, and wrinkle-free tones and textures.

So, how do you use it? First, apply generously to your face, avoiding the eye area! It should be about this thick:


Leave on for 15-20 minutes or until the mask dries. While the mask is on my skin, I feel a very soothing and tingly-cooling sensation. I love it!


Then, you may use a damp cloth and warm water to remove it. However, I prefer to splash warm water on to my face, over the dried mask, and then begin gently rubbing in a circular motion to exfoliate, as the mask has natural fibers, before rinsing it off completely.


Afterward, I'm left with very smooth skin!


Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask Ingredients: Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Kaolin clay, Sodium Vitamin C, Plant Stem CElls, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Hibiscus Fibers, Cranberry Fibers, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Cranberry Fragrance, Haematococcus Pluvialis extract (Astaxanthin), Organic osehip Seed Oil, Wildcrafted Panax Ginseng, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Bearberry, Organic Cranberry extract, Organic Violet, Wildcrafted Wild Cherry, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Rhubarb, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina, Kelp, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Gotu Kola, Wildcrafted Horsetail, Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wildcrafted Wild Geranium, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Tocopherol.

As you may have noticed, I have reviewed numerous Valentia skincare products on this blog, and that truly is because I am such a big fan of the company. I love how high-quality, well-researched, and effective skincare products are available to consumers at such reasonable prices.

*While this product was sent to me to try, my review and opinion here are 100% my own. 

Where to buy: Valentia's official website (use code REFRESH35 to get 35% off from 5/16-5/31/2016!), and Amazon

Ways to connect with Valentia: FacebookInstagram

Have you tried Valentia's masks? 
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Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Hello, friends!
I hope that Springtime has been as been as enjoyable in your corner of the world as it has been in mine.

Recently, I had the privilege of experiencing Hask haircare products, and I'd like to talk about them today!


The products that I tried and fell in love with were the Purifying ShampooPurifying Conditioner, and the Purifying Deep Conditioner!

The Purifying line features charcoal and citrus oils, which provide a lot of benefits for your scalp. Charcoal from this line is derived from the coconuts of the Philippines; it acts as a magnet-drawing out the impurities and irritants away from your scalp. Then, the Vitamin C-rich lemon and grapefruit oils invigorate and revitalize your hair without stripping away your natural oils, while adding shine to it.

In fact, the Purifying line cleanses your hair effectively yet gently, leaving it with a natural vibrancy and bounce!


Hask Purifying Shampoo is rich, creamy, and totally sulfate-free! The charcoal in the shampoo and conditioner rinses out very easily! Did you know that the shampoo is perfectly safe for color-treated hair?

What I like to do is that after I've wet my hair, I'd squeeze out a small amount, rub my palms together to create a lather, and then massage my scalp to deeply clean my scalp, while allowing my hair follicles to open up and breathe, thus encouraging hair growth! 


After I've rinsed the shampoo out of my hair, I would then condition it, all the way to the tips! Then, I'd put on my shower cap in order to allow the conditioner to work its magic, while I spend a minute to wash my body.

Did you know that I get complimented on my hair by somebody at work almost daily? "Tammy, your hair looks so healthy!" is something that I hear so regularly. You have no idea how many times I've said, "Thanks! It's because I use Hask shampoo and conditioner! You totally have to try it.

Don't forget the deep conditioner treatment, too! The packet is generously sized, and my hair is very short at the moment, so I get two uses out of each. I need to use it only once every 3-4 days! It just leaves my hair feeling so luxurious, I love it!

A really cool fact about Hask is that it sources only the best ingredients from around the world, and does not perform tests on animals! In fact, Hask has very high standards and expectations from its ingredient suppliers, as well. Also, all Hask products are proudly made in the USA! 



To learn more about Hask or find the perfect way to care for your hair type: http://haskbeauty.com/
Where to buy: Use the Hask product locator!
Ways to follow Hask: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

*While these products were sent to me free of charge to try, my experience and opinion are 100% my own.

Have you tried Hask haircare products? 
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04 May, 2016

When Glamour Base and Travelmate Sheet Masks Reviews

Girls and guys, I have to tell you about two recent skincare discoveries that are phenomenalWhen's Glamour Base and Travelmate sheet masks!

As some of you may already know, I went back to working at a full-time, Monday-Friday job last month, after two years of staying home full-time to take care of my sons. The change in my daily schedule really took a toll on my skin, so When's sheet masks have really been a Godsend!

Today, I will talk to you about the two super awesome masks that have quickly become my favorites: Glamour Base and Travelmate!

But first, let's get to know When masks a bit better! They are sheet masks that are made to fit over your face, with openings cut out for your eyes, nose, and mouth. Each sheet is soaked in amazingly good-for-your-skin ingredients, which I wear for 30-45 minutes, before rubbing the remaining serum into my skin. There is no rinsing required!


Let's look at the Glamour Base mask: this one is perfect for when you have a special event to go to, and want your skin to look extra glowy, and your makeup to look extra gorgeous! But hey, you know what? I think that every day should be treated as a special event, so treat yourself to a When mask as often as you like!

One morning, I woke up a little bit earlier than usual, so that I could treat my skin to a pick-me-up treatment before getting dressed and doing my makeup. So, I took a shower, and while my skin was still damp, I placed When's Glamour Base over my face, and relaxed with a steaming-hot cup of English Breakfast tea. 45 minutes later, I emerged as a beautiful swan. Okay, not literally a swan, but my skin was sooo smooth and glowing! The makeup glided on beautifully, and lasted all day, too.

When's Glamour Base Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Adenosine, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.


When's Travelmate mask is great for when you are traveling, because it helps your skin recover from the sun, wind, and dry air. However, you don't have to wait until you're actually traveling to use the mask! For example, after you've had a very fun day outside, especially now that the weather has warmed up, or after a long night of partying, or a long day at work, Travelmate is suitable, as well. Heck, or even after a long day of chasing the kids around! 

This weekend has been very hectic for my husband and me, since we spent both days cleaning the house, while ensuring that our boys still received enough love and attention from us. This left me without much time to rest, so I treated myself to When's Travelmate because, you know, I needed it! My skin was seriously in need of some TLC. 

I put the mask on and fell asleep with it still on my face, because I was so exhausted. When I woke up an hour later, my face wasn't as swollen or fatigued-looking, and my skin looked more alive. Overall, I just looked and felt very refreshed, and my skin felt so much softer and supple, too.

When's Travelmate mask ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Archilea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

So far, I've been very impressed with When's sheet masks. While I love going to the spa for some R&R, it is just not something that I can easily do right now. Going to the spa means that I would have to drive for 45 minutes (sometimes 1 hour, if traffic is bad), dealing with rude drivers, finding a place to park my car, and by the time I'm relaxed enough from receiving a facial from the esthetician, it's time for me to pay her $100 + $25 tip, get back in my car, commute home for 45 minutes to 1 hour, dealing with traffic jam and rude drivers, and becoming stressed all over again. For me, it's just not worth spending $125 only to end up feeling even more stressed out than I did before my spa treatment! I'd rather pour myself a glass of Merlot or cup of hot tea, and relax in the comfort of my own home with a mask, lol. ;-)


Other interesting facts about When:

What they are formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 


What else you need to know:
When's masks are vegan and gluten-free.


Where to buy: When masks are available in many regions and countries! Click HERE to find a store near you that carries them.

*When's masks were sent to me to try. All opinions stated here are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.



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