There are so many new fads and things that are trending nowadays that it’s hard to keep up and it usually takes me a LONG time to accept them and try any of them.
This particular one I’ve been thinking of trying since it was popularized a while back and then it became a thing when it went horribly wrong for some buyers: the charcoal face mask.
I’ve long had a problem with pimples and blackheads. Since I can remember they have plagued me. It went to far as my mom taking me to our family doctor and getting prescribed medications to tackle the hormonal mess that is my face. The pimples have since been banished other than the occasional monthly visit but the blackheads… oh the blackheads.
I have come to accept them. Not even the Biore strips can evict these suckers. Using my facial cleansing brush daily started to help.. until I got lazy with the regimen. Now we’re back to square one.
At the same time when I decided that I wanted to look more “presentable”, I thought I would try the charcoal face mask. I’ve used masks before but they were more clay masks and sheet masks (hubs gets a kick out of those lol). I asked a friend who is very into her skin care, what she would recommend for a charcoal mask.
This is what she suggested:
My friend swears by this Origin charcoal mask so I popped into Sephora and picked up a small bottle for $20. I thought this was the kind that you peel off, it’s not. It’s an actual mask that you have to wash off.
It actually stung a bit after application but that only lasts for about a minute. I’m not sure if that’s normal. I let it sit for about 15-20mins and then I washed it off. I used the mask at night after putting the kids to bed… so as not to traumatize them lol. The next morning when I woke up I noticed that my face was brighter and clearer. It recommends using the mask 1-2 times a week and the next application for me is this weekend so I’ll let you guys know if the pesky blackheads have started packing their bags and moving to on. I still want to try the peel-off kind though so I’ll likely be hitting up Sephora again soon.
I LOVE makeup. I don’t like the whole application process but I like wearing it. I go through periods where I would wear makeup daily… until I get too tired of waking up earlier just to put it on before work so it became a weekend thing. Then I got pregnant with my first child and I had terrible oily skin that stopped me from wearing it completely and so it grew to only wearing makeup for special occasions or the rare date night lol.
I wanted to start getting back to wearing makeup more but my daily routine really doesn’t allow for extra time spent on something like that. I have mad respect for those of you out there that dedicate however long it takes to put a skilled face on every morning before heading out the door. But with already waking up at 4am for gym time, I just can’t.
I know BB cream has been around for years now but I was never interested in it. I grew up in a household where it was instilled in me by my mother that drugstore brand ANYTHING is bad for my skin. I was told to spend a little more and buy department store brands because it’s more trustworthy and would be better made. While I still lean to some department store brands for certain things, I had started to experiment with drugstore brands when I was a teenager and the though of spending all of my hard earned weekly allowance on one bottle of foundation wasn’t something I was keen on. Moisturizers is one thing I tend to lean towards department store brands. Because of my sensitive, oily/combination skin and my general reluctance to try anything new I was very hesitant to put something different on my skin. But my love for makeup prevailed lol.
After doing some light googling (and by light I mean heavy), I decided to give BB cream a shot. I first started thinking about BB cream after seeing this makeup tutorial on Pinterest. It was quick and easy… just what I was looking for. I wanted to go to work looking like I at least put in a little effort without having to spend very much time actually doing it lol.
This is what I picked up that weekend; Maybelline Dream BB Cream Fresh
The cream is not as thick as I thought it would be. It’s quite light which actually makes it perfect for Vancouver summers. This still provided some coverage but if you’re looking for more coverage than a thicker cream would be best. I am on the hunt now for a BB cream with more coverage.
Overall I’m pretty happy with this Maybelline BB cream. It provided just enough coverage for me. I also tend to touch my face a lot and whenever I have makeup on I would always have to be careful not wipe my hands on my clothing afterwards but I have been fine with this so far. I still use my regular moisturizer before applying the cream… it’s just a thing I have lol.
My usual go-to mascara is Diorshow but I have a problem with oily skin and a tendency to sweat… a lot. So for my sister’s wedding back in August, which was in Kelowna… in the middle of Summer, I decided it was time to purachse my very first tube of waterproof mascara. I have long since blamed my runny makeup on my oily skin but I have now realized that it was probably not.
I hopped onto the Sephora website and decided to see what their top rated waterproof mascara was. I wasn’t looking to drop a big wad of cash because I didn’t know how much I would like it and if I would even wear it again. It just so happened that the Clinique Lash Power Long Wearing mascara was in the price range I wanted to be in at $20 CAD plus tax and it was also the first one on the list. One of the questions I had though, was what the difference was between the “Long Wearing” and “waterproof” mascaras. The very helpful salesgirl at the store told me that the Long Wearing formula was a lot easier to remove.
The tube on the site is actually not the tube I ended up buying. The one they had at the store in my location was actually the Lash Power Feathering Mascara and the brush is also a lot bushier.
This mascara is very easy to apply and is really light. I actually like the bushier applicator; it seperated and coated each lash with very little to no clumping. The little bit of clumping I did get was easily removed by just using running the brush over the clump a couple of times. Removal is even easier. I used my regular Biotherm Gel Eye Makeup remover and it came off as easily as regular mascara.
If you are looking for a more dramatic look, this is not the mascara for you. I found that I had to apply at least 2-3 coats to look a little less “natural”.