VIICode Oxygen Eye Masks

Masks, masks, masks…2019 is all about the sheet mask craze and I’m 100% here for it. I’m also 100% here for a great eye mask. Eye masks are specially formulated for the sensitive under eye area and typically focus on anti-aging and depuffing the area. Pair a once a week eye mask with a really great under eye cream, like the Dr. Brandt needles no more Eye DePuffing Gel I featured a few weeks ago, and your eyes will be unstoppable.

VII is a brand I have featured before, back in 2017 I featured their Oxygen Eye Cream. I really enjoyed how thick of an eye cream it was and it did a great job at keeping me hydrated and bright while I traveled through Europe. I highly suggest it, but beware, it is not budget friendly by any means! You can check out my thoughts on the VIICode Oxygen Eye Cream, here!

Now, back to the Oxygen Eye Mask review…

I’m super serious about my face mask routine, and I’ve been upping my usage recently like crazy. So, when VIICode reached back out to me to feature their Oxygen Eye Masks, it could not have been more perfect timing!

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Face Mask Monday: Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask

Face Mask Monday here with a mask I’ve been reaching for pretty often this summer, the Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask. I received this in my FabFitFun box, and I was instantly excited and intrigued by the color of this clay mask. A purple face mask just sounded so fun, amirite?! & a clay mask is always on my list when I have a pesky hormonal breakout or just feel super oily and like my pores are clogged.

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Face Mask Monday: Glam Glow BubbleSheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask

The first Face Mask Monday of 2019 is going to Glam Glow’s trademarked BubbleSheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask…say that 5 times fast.

This mask is a tad different than your average sheet mask, because it’s a cleanser mask, not a serum, so you do need to wash it off after use. Don’t let the little bit of extra work deter you though- this is a must have if you’re looking to clear up a break out, or if you’ve hd a rough couple of days and need a total skin reset.

If you are unfamiliar with the Glam Glow brand, take a minute to read through their About Us page. I’ve listened to a few podcasts with the founder, Shannon, and I love how this brand has come to be a staple, and a huge lifesaver, for so many people. I’ve used a few of their masks, mostly large samples, and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried. It was my first time using one of their sheet masks though, and just as I figured, I thought it was great!

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!  There’s been so much going on recently, all great things, & I’m so happy to be back today to share five of my recent favorites.

Yes to Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask, $3 

I spoke about this mask on my Insta-stories last week because Target was & still is, having a 25% off sale on all Yes To products!  I love a good charcoal mask, but the application & clean up process can sometimes be a bit too much, if ya know what I mean.  Having a charcoal mask in sheet mask form, especially with a ton of product on it, is perfect for a Wednesday night.  The fit could be a tiny bit better but given how budget friendly this mask is, it’s really no big deal.

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Face Mask Monday: L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask Clear & Comfort

I haven’t done a Face Mask Monday in a while, so I thought today would be the perfect day to share one of my favorite budget beauty face masks with you!  Not only is the L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask Clear & Comfort face mask inexpensive, but the texture & application process is great!

L’Oreal has been killin it with their product lineup lately.  From face & hair masks, to new exfoliating scrubs, L’Oreal has been doing an awesome job producing high quality products at a perfect price point.  This fun, blue, mask is seaweed clay based and only needs to sit for 10 minutes before washing off.  I love applying this mask right after a shower, and hangin’ in my robe for 10 minutes before needing to take it off.

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Ulta Haul: Bath Bombs + Face Masks

A while go I gave myself a little Ulta Haul…I didn’t go crazy, but I did pick up a few fun items.  I was in desperate need of some bath bombs, and def not in desperate need of some sheet masks, but bought some anyway!

First up, the Fizz & Bubble Artisan Bath Fizzy bath bombs.  I bought five, each one would perfectly fit any of my moods on a given night.  First, I chose Hawaiian Lei, which smells like amazing spring & summer flowers.  It’s so light and refreshing, perfect for a summertime bath.  The second one I chose is the Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey which I think is perfect to have on the back burner just in case I get a leeeeetle bit of a sunburn this summer.  These three ingredients will def tone down any burn I have, all in a nice & relaxing bubble bath of course.  Third bath bomb up is the Lavender Fields which will be perfect after a long day, or the next morning after a long night.  Lavender is one of my favorite scents, and this bath bomb smells so good!

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Budget Beauty: Neutrogena Face Mask Review

I love Neutrogena products- the quality is great, I see results when I use them, and most importantly they’re affordable!  I jumped at the chance to work with Neutrogena on their latest It’s in the Gel campaign, focusing on their new 100% HydroGel sheet mask line.

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!  I’m so happy the winter break is almost here, teaching has been exhausting this year.  I’m also super excited for this upcoming Saturday, Rob & I are hosting a holiday party, Cookies & Wine at 4089 which of course will feature tons of homemade cookies, even tons more wine, and I’m adding in a taco bar for sustenance.

Here are five things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, and all would make great presents too!

Thursday's Fab Five

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Face Mask Monday: The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

If you missed out on the first Face Mask Monday, be sure to go check out my thoughts on the first two Body Shop Masks I reviewed, the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.

Today, I’m focusing on another mask from this collection, the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask.  This is a great exfoliating mask that doesn’t actually feel like it’s exfoliating, which is perfect for those that have more sensitive skin.  The key aspects of this mask aim to reduce pore size and smooth the skin.  I was beyond impressed with the sight of my pores after using the Charcoal Purifying Glow mask, and since the Chinese Ginseng & Rice mask is more of an exfoliant, I noticed it def did its job of smoothing my skin and minimizing larger pores around my nose.

As far as ingredients go, The Body Shop is known, and praised for, for it’s use of fair trade ingredients.  The ginseng and rice extract comes from China, and the sesame seed oil from Nicaragua.  You get a great sense of the ingredients from the texture, and I apply it to my face after makeup removal, and drying.  I once applied it when my face was a bit damp and it didn’t set as well as it had when my face was dry.

I’ve left it on for about 15 minutes each time, and right before taking it off, I massage the mask into my skin, and focus most on trouble areas where I have slight scarring.  The ingredients don’t scratch your skin, which I’ve experienced before and, obviously, is no good for sensitive skin.  It really does just feel like a deep cleanse thats getting rid of any dead skin cells or leftover makeup/ dirt.

Since the mask is a skin smoother, I think it’s a great option for lightening acne scars or dark spots one might have, a mask in addition to other skincare products can do wonders for getting rid of these annoying little things!!  I might try to use this mask once a week so I can really track how well it lightens, but since my skin looks incredible after each use, I think it does have somewhat of an immediate effect.

My next few Face Mask Monday’s will continue to feature The Body Shop face mask line, so stay tuned for the next edition!

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask | $28

[Disclaimer: The Body Shop provided me with these products.  All opinions are my own.]

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Face Mask Monday: The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask & British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

If you’re an avid reader of Love. Life. Beauty., or, if you know me, you’ll know I’ve been obsessed with The Body Shop’s face masks for years.  I’ve owned every one they’ve ever had, and have always repurchased.  Using The Body Shop masks are what started me on my serious face mask routine, I just couldn’t, and still can’t, get enough of them.
I was beyond excited when The Body Shop launched five new face masks, each geared toward a specific skin need, and ideal for multi-masking.  If you’re unfamilar with multi-masking, it’s basically the idea of using more than one face mask at a time depending on your skin needs.  For example, given the masks I mention in this post, if your T-zone/ chin area is oily, but your cheeks are more on the dry side, you may want to use two different masks on these areas, at the same time.  I don’t always multi-mask, I more so use one, and then follow up with another, but I know the multi-mask phenomenon is real.

I was so stoked to try each of The Body Shop’s new vegetarian & cruelty-free “Expert” masks.  I’ve been using them regularly, and since there are five of them, I’ll write about them in installments, don’t want to overwhelm you with too much face mask realness! =)

The Body Shop was kind enough to send me a gorgeous box with all of the Expert Masks.  When I opened the box, I immediately got right to it using the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, which is a mud mask that exfoliates to help clear clogged pores and and remove any yucky toxins or whatever else we don’t want.  Mud masks are my absolute favorite, and this one is excellent. 

It applied perfectly, not too chunky of a texture, but also not thin which always make me think a mask isn’t good enough, or not doing its job to the full potential.  The main ingredient is bamboo charcoal, which is a powerful charcoal when removing toxins from the skin.  The sensation of the mask a perfect mix of the tree tea oil and green tea leaves ingredients.  It tingles, but is refreshing, not annoying.  
I left this mask on for about 20 minutes, when I removed it I used warm water and a towel.  It wasn’t difficult to remove, which is sometimes an issue with charcoal/ mud masks.  My skin looked incredible once I took it off, I seriously examined the pores bridge of my nose, and they looked clear as could be, I was so impressed- it lives up to the Glow in its name for sure.
Another option, for a more hydrating experience, is the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, which I have to say, looks like you have smeared strawberry jelly all over your face when applied.  It’s a little startling, but so very worth it.  The rose and aloe vera ingredients feel so cool and relaxing while you let it sit.  A much different experience than the Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, but still great nonetheless.

I have found this mask a bit more difficult to apply due to the consistency, but given the ingredients I think that is to be expected.  Since I have rosacea, I’ve been using this mask most often when I’m experiencing a flare up, since it has such calming ingredients.  The rose hip oil and aloe vera give a refreshing light scent, I wish I could just smell the mask all day!  On my Spa Sunday’s sometimes I’ll do two masks back to back, especially if the first one is like the Charcoal Glow Mask or a deep cleansing mask.  The British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask has been the perfect follow up mask to calm and hydrate my skin.
The price point of these Body Shop masks is a bit higher than what you’d find in Target or the drugstore, but these give both luxury and results.  Also, if you want to try the mask out before making the full size purchase, The Body Shop now makes these in single use, which can be perfect for traveling too!

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask | $28
Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask | $28
Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask Single Use | $2.50


[Disclaimer: The Body Shop provided me with these products.  All opinions are my own.]

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