Face Mask Talk: My first YouTube vlog!

July has been a busy month! Let’s hope you all enjoy this video; I am certain more are on their way! Recording this was a blast!

First, check out this pic from a “ladies night” spent with my boyfriend (the sexy Greek dude to the left of me) and a near and dear friend of ours. Nothing like a good spa night!

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Got zits?

I sure did!

Recently, I went through a pretty bad (for me) breakout! And I have a special routine for these situations that is relaxing, gentle, quick, and effective!

Here’s what you need!

the essential oils I used this time

  • a big-ish sized plastic salad bowl (that can hold very hot water)
  • a kettle (or something to boil water with)
  • your favourite essential oils (tea tree oil, patchouli, lavender, etc..)
  • a clay-based face mask (I mixed Derma E’s Hydrating Mask with St Ives’ Mineral Clay Firming Mask)
  • a medium-sized towel
  • your favourite spot treatment (I used Derma E’s Very Clear Spot Blemish Treatment)
  • about 25 minutes

What you do:

Make sure your face is washed! Use whatever cleanser you enjoy, as long as it cleans well (I’d sure as hell hope it does!).

First, you take the bowl I was talking about, and fill it up with almost boiled water from the kettle!

Then, put a 1-2 drops of your favourite essential oils. Tea Tree Oil is very strong, but great for breakouts, so I use 3 drops at most of it. Add about 4 drops of lavender, and this time I put in 3 drops of seabuckthorn seed oil.

STIR a little bit.

Place the bowl on a desk or table, and pull up a chair. Grab that towel, and put it over your head, as you move your head over (and a little in) the bowl to soak up the steamy essential-oily goodness.

Relax over the bowl for about 10 minutes. You’ll be sweaty. You’ll be dripping. But boy, does it feel good. Once the 10 minutes are up, you can dump the water, and rinse your face with warm water, and dab with a towel. Then you want to pick out your favourite face mask, as you can see me wearing here, and slather on a layer of that.

this gets rid of blemishes, without drying your skin!

Give the mask about 10-15 minutes. Rinse of with warm water and a soft wash cloth.

Dab your face dry, and moisturize your face as per usual with your favourite moisturizer (to moisturize this time I used Yes To Carrots’ Repairing Night Cream (which is amazing).

Now grab your spot blemish treatment!

Apply that as directed (usually a teensy bit directly on the blemishes). For an added touch, spray your face with some rose or lavender water. Curl up into bed! Sweet dreams!

And that’s it. This isn’t guaranteed to get rid of your blemishes in one night, but it speeds up the process tremendously. If you catch the blemish early enough, it very well could put an end to it overnight.

Hope you enjoyed this! ❤

Face Mask Solidarity: Show me what mask is on your face!

My face is sporting derma e’s Hyaluronic Hydrating mask! $12.99 at Nutrition House!

I have a face mask obsession, and I want to share it with you all. I’ve made several entries about face masks, from making my own, to the ones I’ve bought in store. I can’t get enough of them! The mask I’m wearing in the picture is one of my my favourites. It’s packed with tons of great stuff! Olive oil, avocado oil, hyaluronic acid, chamomile flower extract; just to name a few. It goes on so smooth, and has a very calming light scent.

I’d love to know what all of your favourite face masks are, and if you’re a beauty blogger, feel free to make your own blog post wearing your favourite mask and showing me your face mask solidarity!

Fantabulous Friday’s Featured Favourite!

As you darling readers await my Essie nail polish review, feast your eyes on this goody!

ImageI’d like to tell you all about an Aubrey Organics product. It’s from a travel set I bought when I was visiting New Hampshire earlier this year. They had different travel sets catering to different skin types, and while my skin tends to be dry / combination, I picked up the oily / combination travel set instead, out of curiosity. The entire set cost me just under $10 (love!). The oily / combination skin line was Blue Green Algae with Grape Seed Extract, and came with a Facial Cleansing Lotion, Facial Toner, Moisturizer, and a Soothing Mask. The mask is what I’d like to talk about today.

I’ve been able to get 4 masks so far out of this little bottle, and I think I’ve still got about 2 left! It is clay based, so it’s great for drawing out impurities, calming the skin, and reducing excess oil. I gave the bottle a good shake before I poured some out onto my hand. It was very creamy, light, and oily in texture. A thin layer was applied all over my face, and I left it on for about 20 minutes. Image

It felt very oily, especially for a mask designed for oily / combination skin, but my skin is the kind of skin that can have layer upon layer of essential oils slathered on and only look more amazing the next day.

I used a cloth soaked in warm water to gently wipe the mask off, and oh-so-easily does this mask wipe off. It leaves my face feeling amazingly soft and clean. It definitely helps with oil, and if I have a day where I’m feeling oily in a particular area, it is great for that. It isn’t a harsh mask at all, and has a very calm scent.. very clay-smelling. Is that a smell? Hmm.. well, it is now!

It definitely isn’t just for oily / combination skin. After using it, I thought it was totally appropriate for my dry skin. My skin wasn’t dried out at all after using it. Felt fresh and plump; good to go!

Here are the ingredients, for anyone who is curious: Glycerin, kaolin, aqua, lavandula angustifolia flower water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, oryza sativa syrup*, butyrospermum parkii*, cellulose gum, silybum marianum extract, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, simmondsia chinensis seed oil*, rosa rubiginosa (Rosa Mosqueta®) fruit oil*, aphanizomenon flos aquae*, citrus grandis seed extract, hedera helix extract, spiraea ulmaria extract, clematis vitalba leaf extract, fucus vesiculosus extract, equisetum hyemale extract, laminaria digitata extract, lavandula angustifolia oil, chamomilla recutita flower oil*, vitis vinifera seed extract, alcohol denat. (38b, lavender*), tocopheryl acetate, hamamelis virginiana water, styrax benzoin extract, citrus aurantium dulcis oil, mentha piperita oil, cananga odorata flower oil, epilobium angustifolium extract, ascorbic acid, glycine soja oil, daucus carota sativa root extract, beta carotene.

I really like this mask. I don’t love it, but I’d definitely say give it a try!

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My post-mask happy skin face. As excited as I could be the last month of my uni semester!