Let This Be Your Best Friend: Freeman Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask

I picked up another Freeman Feeling Beautiful product. This one is the Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask.

Freeman Beauty Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask
Feeling Beautiful Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask($1.99)

The last mask I reviewed was the Rose Brightening Paper Mask. I like it and I like this Diamond Mineral one as well. This one is a clarifying clay mask with the antioxidant Sparkleberry and perfect for all skin types. It’s also paraben-free.

All Skin Types Diamond Mineral Mask

paraben free Freeman Diamond Mineral Mask

Diamond Mineral Mask ingredients
Diamond Mineral Mask ingredients

The first thing I noticed about the product is the fragrance. It’s light and pleasant. I can’t place it but it’s not overwhelming.

The texture of the product is thick and creamy with fine pumice in it. If you haven’t figured out your exfoliation level go easy with it. Don’t damage your skin being overzealous.

I liked massaging my face as I rinsed it off rather than massaging it then rinsing. I went for the gusto and used most of what’s in the pack so the thickness of the product may be playing into that preference. Next time I may go a little easier and see if my preference changes.

Diamond Mineral Mask Boosts Radiance

After I rinsed it off, my skin felt really soft and cool. The mask has diamond flecks in it so some of them were left behind on my face but most of it rinsed off. No disco ball face here.

I think if you want to shake up your exfoliation routine and try something new, the Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask is worth a shot. I’m always here for bargain skincare. The only drawback for me is that this isn’t in a full size like some of the other Freeman Beauty masks because I’d happily buy it.

Freeman Beauty Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask
Feeling Beautiful Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask($1.99)

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask is $1.99 and available at many drugstores and online at freemanbeauty.com   

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara Made My Lashes Pop, Severely

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99)

I purchased L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara awhile back and just wasn’t impressed. I tossed it in my mascara drawer and forgot about it. Today I decided to revisit it and found out that sometimes first impressions aren’t always the most accurate impression. This is actually great mascara.

The L’Oreal Miss Manga  in Blackest Black gave me some serious length and volume and is super black. It didn’t give me anime eyes, but it definitely defined my lashes and gave them more dimension.

The brush is a cone-shaped 360° flexor brush that amplifies the top lashes, while maximizing the bottom for the ultimate wide-eyed manga look.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Brush
360° Cone-shaped flexor brush

The brush is very flexible. I’m not sure if the flexibility made a difference with application though. I really didn’t notice much movement as I used it. That didn’t surprise me because I was gently putting mascara on my lashes and not painting a house.

bare lashes(which were curlier than usual)
bare lashes(which were curlier than usual)
Lashes w/ Miss Manga Blackest Black
With Miss Manga – Blackest Black

The formula is on the thick side and could clump with multiple coats. I put on the first coat and squealed a bit because I thought my lashes looked so nice. When I went for the second coat I realized that one may be enough. My best advice is to play around with it to see what look you like the most.

I’m so glad that I decided to revisit this mascara so now it can get put into the rotation of mascaras that I like.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99)

Have you tried L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara?

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara is $7.99 and available at drugstores and online. It also comes in Black and Black Brown. 

Bargain Sheet Mask From Freeman Beauty

Sheet masks are kind of a big deal in skincare. While sheet masks originated in Korea, they are in worldwide use now with varying ingredients and price points. For those that don’t know, a sheet mask is a cotton or fiber mask infused with a serum that adheres to the contours of your face that usually comes in a single use packet. You leave it on for a specific amount of time, peel it off, and pat the excess serum into your skin. I happened to find the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Brightening Rose Paper Mask at my local Wal-Mart for two bucks.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask($1.99)

The Freeman Facial Brightening Rose Paper Mask is a “serum-infused paper facial mask with Rose Extract that illuminates dull skin. White Tea and Licorice help reduce age spots for more even-toned skin.” There is also Lactic and Glycolic fruit acids that help reveal a smoother surface. Sidenote: when using alpha-hydroxy acids use sunscreen and limit sun exposure.

Freeman Rose Paper Mask Ingredients

I’ve used this mask twice and I like it a lot. After using it my skin was supple and brighter looking. I enjoyed taking the 5-10 minutes to just let the mask do its job. With all things that are going on in our lives, sometimes taking a moment to just breathe and relax is beneficial. However, there are some drawbacks to this mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask
Here’s the mask. As you can see there are holes for the nose, eyes, and mouth.

The mask is a little tricky to maneuver. It’s folded on a liner inside the single use packet. Once removed you have to unfold it and peel it away from the liner. The peeling away is where it gets tricky. The liner is what’s holding the mask in shape so once you peel it away it wants to fold in on itself. Since it’s soaked in serum it sticks together easily. I didn’t experience any dripping from the mask once it was on my face, but be careful with the packet. The excess serum could fall out and make a mess. Another drawback may be the mask’s size.

Wearing the Freeman Rose Paper Mask
The makers of this mask weren’t thinking about folks with big foreheads.

My eyes may be set too wide for the eyeholes of this mask. I have to stretch the holes for the eyes a bit to get it on my face comfortably. However, there is the risk in ripping the mask because it’s just a thin sheet. It also doesn’t cover my whole face, so keep that in mind big face people.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask($1.99)

Even with those drawbacks I would totally use this mask a few times a week and at the very least make it part of my spa day routine.

Freeman Rose Brightening Facial Paper Mask is $1.99 and is available at Wal-Mart and freemanbeautycare.com

L’OCCITANE Giveaway From AddictedToAllThingsPretty.com

(photo courtesy of addictedtoallthingspretty.com)
(photo courtesy of addictedtoallthingspretty.com)

Krissy(@Krissy90220) at Addicted to All Things Pretty is having a L’OCCITANE giveaway on her blog. You should go check it out. Here’s the link http://addictedtoallthingspretty.com/from-france-to-your-hands-loccitane-giveaway/ I’ve already entered and you should too. If you win let me know. Good luck!

Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara Review

Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)

I received Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as a 100 pt perk from Sephora. Even though the name is cute I was not expecting it to live up to it. Sex is in a league of its own, but I digress.

THE BRUSH

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Brush

The brush is in an hourglass shape and designed with “extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of his carbon black collagen fueled formula.”

THE FORMULA

It’s cruelty-free and thick. Since Better Than Sex is billed as volumizing the thickness makes sense. As I used a second and third coat my lashes got some serious UMPH. Anything more than that and I think it would start to clump. I was also able to get some lengthening. My lashes don’t feel too hard, even with a third coat, and I didn’t have much trouble removing it with a make-up remover wipe.

Bare lashes
Bare lashes
Too Fa ed Better Than Sex Mascara
With Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Better Than Sex Mascara feels like it’s meant for a night out rather than an everyday mascara, but I don’t think it should be limited to that. It’s $23 so it shouldn’t languish in a drawer waiting for its big moment.

WOULD I BUY IT?

I know everyone isn’t big on splurging on mascara, but I’d buy this mascara in its full size since I’m happy with my sample. At the moment Sephora is selling a Twice The Sex Mascara Duo(online only), which consists of the full size mascara and a travel size mascara. If I decide to buy the mascara anytime soon, then I’ll jump on that to get a bit more bang for my buck.

Have you tried Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara? Did it live up to its name?

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available at Ulta, Sephora, wherever Too Faced products are sold.

Milani Gives Great Lip – Best Red and Cabaret Blend

I’m always here for a good red lipstick. As far as I’m concerned you can never have too many and red lipstick for everyone. I don’t care how dark or light you are there is a red lipstick waiting for you. Waiting for me at Walgreens today was Milani Cosmetics’ Best Red and Cabaret Blend.

Milani Lipsticks Best Red and Cabaret Blend
Milani Color Statement Lipstick($5.99)
Milani Best Red and Cabaret Blend
Left: Best Red Right: Cabaret Blend

Best Red is a good, bright red. It reminds me of the signature red lip Janelle Monae often rocks. It’s matte, but not drying.

Milani Lipstick - Best Red
Best Red
Milani Color Statement Lipstick - Best Red
Milani Cosmetics Best Red

Cabaret Blend is a can’t-go-wrong-with-burgundy lipstick in a cream finish. Over my make-up wearing lifetime I’ve had various lipsticks that are similar to this color. It’s red without being in your face.

Milani Lipstick Cabaret Blend
Cabaret Blend
Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick - Cabaret Blend
Milani Cabaret Blend

Milani makes great lipsticks. As much as I love other brands Milani gives those brands a run for their money. They are pigmented, have a vast color range, and won’t break the bank. They’re also adding more lipsticks in 2015.

They are my drugstore lipstick of choice. If someone wasn’t a lipstick person but wanted to become a lipstick person Milani is the brand I’d tell them to hit up first.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Color Statement Lipstick($5.99)

So what drugstore brand gives you the best lip? Let me know in the comments.

Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick is available at most drugstores and online.

Budget Friendly Eyeshadow Primer From Black Radiance

When it comes to eyeshadow primers some are cult-faves for a reason. They move from being a splurge to being a necessity in spite of price. However, we don’t all want to pay that price and lucky for us budget friendly alternatives to those cult-faves exist.

Black Radiance Perfecting Eye Primer
Black Radiance Perfecting Eye Primer

This is Black Radiance Perfecting Eye Shadow Primer and at $3.99 is worth a shot if the more expensive primers give you sticker shock.

I snagged this from my local Wal-Mart Wednesday morning and it works. It made my eyeshadow more intense. It didn’t crease. It didn’t fade. It also absorbed into my lid rather than just sit on top.

I used the Ulta eyeshadow in Galaxy to test the product. I figured if it can work with a cheaper shadow then the more expensive ones should be fine. One eye was primed while the other one wasn’t. After about four hours the eyeshadow that wasn’t primed started to fade while the other eyeshadow was still intact.

This is my right eye with primer.
This is my right eye with primer.
without black radiance eye primer
This is my left eye without the primer

I kept it on for another hour and had to take it off because I didn’t want to pick up my children sporting unblended and fading eyeshadow. The non-primed eye wiped away easily with a make-up wipe. My primed eye took a little bit more effort so I know that eyeshadow was sticking to the primer.

Overall I’m happy with the purchase. As much I love the expensive products finding something works for a fraction of the price is still great.

Eye Primer by Black Radiance

Will you give Black Radiance Perfecting Eye Shadow Primer a go? What’s your go-to eyeshadow primer?

Black Radiance Perfecting Eye Shadow Primer is available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and whereever Black Radiance products are sold.

Short Hair and A Vampy Lip From Impulse Cosmetics

A few nights ago I cut all my hair off. I had been going back and forth with it and I finally worked up the nerve to put some scissors to my hair. My husband helped me out as well by using his clippers. I also got a couple of new lipsticks from Impulse Cosmetics.

Impulse Cosmetics Pandora
Impulse Cosmetics Pandora. $6.99

This is Pandora. It’s an Opaque Matte Lipstick. I reviewed these lipsticks before and nothing has changed. These lipsticks are definitely good for the price.

Top: MAC Cosmetics Cyber Bottom: Impulse Cosmetics Pandora
Top: MAC Cosmetics Cyber
Bottom: Impulse Cosmetics Pandora

This lipstick reminds me of Cyber by MAC Cosmetics. It’s redder and in that vampy lip family.

With Fall right around the corner, this a good lipstick bring out once it cools off.

Impulse Cosmetics’ Opaque Matte Lipsticks are $6.99 and can be found at impulsecosmetics.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial Review

So last night I half-ass cleansed my bare face(ie no make-up) by using a cleansing wipe. It was late and I didn’t want to take the time to do everything I normally do. I probably should have, but that’s what happened. After that half-ass cleansing I decided to try Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial.

(photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

What It’s Formulated to Do(from sephora.com)

A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yoghurt provides a natural source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.

I received the Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial as a 100 point perk from Sephora a week or so ago. I thought I’d give it a shot last night because my usual nighttime moisturizer was running out and I was curious how it would work. It turns out this was not made for me and my skin.

It.smelled. Now it didn’t smell bad. The smell reminded me of the Guava Body Butter, also sold by Korres, so as I put it on my face I wasn’t immediately turned off. It was a familiar smell, so I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong. I tossed and turned in my bed hoping that it just needed some time to dissipate, but it didn’t. The smell wasn’t my only complaint though.

The product was really heavy on my skin. It didn’t seem too thick as I squeezed it into my hand, but after I finished putting it on my face I knew it was too much for me to handle. I tried to give it a shot, but I was so uncomfortable that after 30 minutes of trying to sleep I finally got out of bed to wash my face and scrape the last of my usual night cream out of its jar.

So between the smell and the feel of the product I couldn’t deal with Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial. If the smell wasn’t so strong I probably could give it another shot. I’ve dealt with thick moisturizers before, but the smell was so overpowering that I took my pillowcase off so I could sleep.

It’s just a guess, but those with dry skin may love this. I hoped product reviews on Sephora were broken up by skin type so I could get a clearer sense of who liked/disliked the product but they weren’t. If you’ve tried this or will try this in the future let me know. I’d love to know your thoughts.

The full size 1.35oz Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial retails for $45 and is available at Sephora.

(photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

INGREDIENTS

Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Trihelptanoin, Alcohol Denat., Behenyl Alcohol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Glyceryl Stearate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distarch Phosphate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Galactoarabinan, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Yogurt Powder, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Save Your Money: Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit Cosmetics makes one of my favorite mascaras, They’re Real! Mascara, so when I saw that Sephora.com was offering a free mini of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-up Liner I jumped on it. The full size They’re Real! Push-up Liner is $24 and is a gel-liner comes in a pen form. It is supposed to be long wearing, smudge-proof, and easy to use.

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner
Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner(mini)

From Sephora.com
This eyeliner’s soft AccuFlex™ tip is custom-angled to draw an easy line. Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line.

So with all that said, is it true? Kinda.

When you first open the eyeliner an orange plastic piece is in the tip of the pen that must be removed before you can use the product. Once that piece is removed you have to spin a bottom piece several times for the product to come out of the tip. When product comes out you wipe off the excess and your Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner is ready to use. Easy peasy right? Nope.

Here’s what’s true: it’s smudge proof and you can get it close to your lashline with it. The rest is open to interpretation.

I don’t have a steady hand and it’s one of the reasons I’ve steered clear of most gel and liquid liners. Since my hand shakes a bit it, made the liner a little difficult for me to use. If your hand is steadier than mine then you may not have problem with it.

Initially it was a mess. I didn’t realize that the product needed to be flush with the tip at all times. That means you must click the pen so some product comes out and then wipe the excess away so it’s flat. Before I figured that out I was unfortunately layering liner on my lid and not in a good way. I was scared it was going to flake off, but I was able to smooth it out with the tip to make it look better.

They're Real! Push-up Liner Accu-Flex tip.
They’re Real! Push-up Liner Accu-Flex tip.

Once I figured out that I needed to keep it flush, I had to deal with the difficulty of getting a smooth application. I don’t have taut eye skin so my liner is going to skip if I attempt to line my eyes in one swipe. To deal with that, I gradually line my eyes. But that technique didn’t really work for this product. And the idea of needing to constantly click the pen and wipe away product seems tedious.

Both applied L to R: The top line is when the product is flush with the tip. The bottom is when it's not. And as you can see it almost looks like it can be flaked away.
Both applied L to R: The top line is when the product is flush with the tip. The bottom is when it’s not. And as you can see it almost looks like it can be flaked away.

The concept is cute, but this may not be it. I think that it would be a lot easier to get some gel liner and a brush to do what this product is supposed to do. It’s unfortunate because the gel-liner is nice. It’s matte and it’s not going anywhere(to remove use waterproof remover). That’s usually what one wants in a liner. The tip is soft and flexible and that helps you get close to the lashline. But that good stuff can’t trump how ho-hum I feel about this push-up liner.
Have your tried Benefit’s They’re Real Push-up Liner? Did you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between?

benefit liner
Photo courtesy of Sephora.com Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner (full size)

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner is available at Sephora, Ulta, and where ever Benefit products are sold.

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