Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!  I hope you all had a relaxing & enjoyable Thanksgiving.  I loved being up in Jersey with my family and friends, Thanksgiving is always a special time.  I’m now in the Christmas spirit, ready to take on this holiday season!

With all the business of life, I have a few new products and things in my favorites lineup.  Check out what I’ve been loving this month, and leave a comment, or Tweet me, some of your recent favorites.  I’m always looking for new and exciting products!

Tarte’s Pineapple of my Eye Collector Set, $59

I bought this super cute Pineapple palette when Sephora first released their holiday gifts.  I think this is the perfect Christmas gift for the makeup lover in your life.  The eye shadows in the palette are amazing, although you want to make sure to use a shadow primer since there is some fallout.  I love the mascara and lip tint that comes with it too, it’s totally worth $60, and makes for an awesome holiday gift.

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching & I love being at home on the weeknights cooking dinner and catching up on my favorite shows.  Don’t you?!

The weather has been so weird here in D.C., first it was warm and gross, now it’s cold and clammy.  I honestly can’t keep up with it, and neither can my sinuses!!  The beginning of the week was chilly & rainy, it legit felt like January and gave me the worst sinus headache.  So annoying.

I can’t wait to have off from work tomorrow and drive up to NJ for a wedding!  My good friend Mike…we’ve been friends since pre-k 4, can you believe that…is getting married!!!  It’s going to be such an epic celebration, so make sure you’re following along on both Snapchat (@elizabethmayce) and Instagram stories, @elizabethmayce!

Here are some things I’ve been loving recently, some classic favorites and some new goodies too.  Tweet me some favorites of yours @elizabethmayce!

Thursday's Fab Five

 


Bath & Body Works Candle in Sweater Weather, $12.50
Right now all B&BW candles are $12.50, which gives you a perfect excuse to go out and buy tons of fall and winter scents.  My favorite for this time of year is def Sweater Weather- it always sells out, so make sure to buy some quickly!  Sweater Weather is the perfect fall scent with notes of woods, eucalyptus, juniper berry, and sage.  The apartment smells incredible within 5 minutes of lighting this, & as I said, it’s everyone’s favorite, so buy it now!!  PS: Ebates gives 1% cash back on Bath & Body Works purchases, if you aren’t an Ebates member, join here!

The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Boost, $29
I wrote about this product back 2012…yes, 2012. Shocking.
It just recently reentered my life, and o.m.g. why did I ever stop using this?!  This skin boost is an incredible morning serum to use, it instantly brightens up my complexion, which has been much needed with this week’s weather.  You can read my original thoughts here, keep in mind, this post was from 2012- but my thoughts on how great the product is, are still the same!
Right now The Body Shop’s having a buy 3, get 3 free promotion.  & Ebates gives you 3% cash-back on your purchase!

Essie Kimono Over Polish, $9
My polish this week is this gorgeous deep purple from Essie’s fall collection last year.  It goes with everything, is the right degree of vampy, and will coordinate perfectly with my cobalt color dress for a wedding this weekend!  This was def one of my favorite colors from last year’s collection, and I’m so happy to be bringing it back into my life this season!  Shop through the link above, and save 2% cash-back through Ebates on HSN!

Gap’s High Rise Ankle Jeggings in Rich Wine, $30 
YOU. MUST. GET. THESE. Originally $60, these pants are so comfortable and the rich wine color is amazing with any boot you might have.  I love the rips, they’re subtle enough where people don’t give you a side eye, but just enough to be edgy.  Did that make sense?  I bought these about 2 weeks ago (for 40% off, not 50%!!), and I love, love, love, they way they fit and feel.  I bought the tall size, so they are full length and also look great with heels and flats.   I’m thinking about buying the black moss color as well…for this price, it’s a serious steal.  Use code CHEERS to save an additional 20% off, and use Ebates for 2% cash-back on your purchase!

Dog Mother, Wine Lover Muscle Tee, $30
I love the CoffeeInTheShower Instagram page, so when I saw they had a coupon code, I finally purchased this cute, and incredibly truthful, tee in black.  I love these graphic tees, and I’ve ordered from this company a few times.  It’s decent quality, comfortable fits, and I just love how this tee can perfectly describe me as a human being.

 
Have a fabulous weekend!! 
 

 

 

XO.
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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.]

XO.
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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.]

XO.
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Exfoliate & Lather with The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish

I’m strangely obsessed with using body scrubs, I make sure not to over exfoliate, but I’m super intense about having a strict schedule.  I love finding new body scrubs, especially from my favorite brands, one of which is The Body Shop.
Satsuma Body Polish

Photo: The Body Shop

  I came across the Satsuma Body Polish and was instantly drawn to the orange-citrus scent.  Perfect for waking up when taking an AM shower.  The polish is partly made up of ground walnut shells, which I found intriguing.  I love the idea of an orange/ Satsuma scrub because then I know my skin is getting a healthy dose of vitamin C, which will protect it.  This product also contains honey, which will allow skin to remain moisturized.
I love that you can use the Satsuma Body Polish daily, it’s a softer exfoliant, non-irritating, and gives a great lather.  Most polishes and/or scrubs aren’t going to give a lather, but I was surprised when I first used it and this one did!  I typically use a light scrub like this every day on my shoulders, I’m not sure why I do this, but I do- it’s refreshing and makes me feel super clean!
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish | $20 

The Body Shop: Coconut Edition

If you’re my friend you know I don’t really love anything coconut.  I’m super picky.
So, the question I’m asking myself is…why do I currently have three coconut products in my bathroom/ shower?  & why am I so obsessed with them?????
Weird.
I’m obsessing over The Body Shop’s Coconut Shower Cream, Beautifying Oil, & Body Butter.  The smell is incredible.

The Body Shop Coconut Collection

First, the Coconut Shower Cream.  Oh. mah. gawd.  This is my new favorite product.  It’s soap free and super moisturizing.  I use it when I shave, and it’s perfect.  It has a thick consistency which has been great throughout winter, and you don’t need a lot of the product to feel nice and clean.  Despite it being on the thicker, creamier, side I’ve been using it since the weather has changed and it’s still been great.  I had never used a shower “cream” before, I’m loving it way more than gel, it’s so much more luxurious & rich feeling.

My next coconut favorite is the Beautifying Oil.  I’ll use this right after the shower, not all the time, mostly before a weekend night out.  This oil is very hydrating and gives my legs a great sheen before putting on my night out look.  I was skeptical about the size of the bottle in the beginning, it seemed so small and possibly not worth the cost.  But of course, a little goes a long way and I still haven’t run out since getting this in January!

Lastly, the Coconut Body Butter is just….ugh, I am speechless…so amazing.  This I ran out of rather quickly because in the colder month I seriously obsess with keeping my skin moisturized and ridiculously hydrated.  I’ve been a fan of The Body Shop Body Butters for years, but this one actually has that “melt into your skin” feeling, similar to Lush moisturizing products.

Head over to your closest Body Shop to test smell this fabulous collection, & since they always have great deals, you’re bound to find products you all of a sudden NEED!

XO.

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The Body Shop Mini-Haul


On Black Friday I did some shopping at The Body Shop because I always love getting their promotional bag with purchase and the entire store was 50% off.  Since I have a lot of lotions, shower gels, and skincare products right now I opted to purchase only bath related products…best decision ever.

The first product I was dying to try was the Glazed Apple Bath Jelly.  I’d never seen this before, and I was really intrigued by the name.  This stuff is awesome.  The smell is perfect for the holidays and the product itself is really interesting.  The texture is totally like jelly and I just used a tablespoon to scoop it out under running water.  My skin felt soft after using it too, sometimes I worry bath products can be drying.  Luckily honey is a major ingredient in this so it’ll leave your skin feeling hydrated.

The Body Shop

The second product I purchased is the Spa Wisdom Polynesia Lotus & Frangipani Bathing Milk.  I had no idea what this would really smell like but it smells nice and light, you really capture the lotus aroma.  I didn’t get a lot of bubbles the first time I used it, unfortunately it looks like you need to use a ton of the product to get a normal amount of bubbles, which is annoying.  It’s a luxurious product I wouldn’t have bought if it wasn’t for the Black Friday promotions so I’m glad I’m giving it a try!

My last purchase was the Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float.  My only regret with this product is not buying like 12 bottles to use throughout the year, because it’s a tad too much to spend to keep buying it regularly.  Being exhausted after work is kind of my every day life, so soaking in this and just relaxing is incredible.  The scent is soft and dreamy, and the camomile does its job of calming you and getting you ready for sleep.  It’s not a bubble bath, just a soak, but that’s totally fine with me because I’m so addicted to this product it’s not even funny.

I cannot wait to make my way through these fabulous products so I can try everything else bath-related that The Body Shop has to offer!! 

The Body Shop’s Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with face masks.  Seriously, obsessed.
I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop face masks, especially the Tea Tree mask.  It’s one of my absolute favorites and I can always rely on it to give my skin exactly what it needs to get back on track.
I’ve been wanting to try the Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask for quite some time now, and I’m sure glad I finally did!  Except, I do have a funny story…
{Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Mask, $17}
The first time I applied this mask I applied it all over my face.  BIG MISTAKE WITH ROSACEA, HUGE MISTAKE.  It literally burned my cheeks and I was pretty sure I was going to die so I immediately took it off and stared in the mirror like a crazy person.
I quickly learned, I can only use this mask everywhere else on my face besides my cheeks.  If you have ridiculously sensitive skin I would stay far away from this product, or if you just have super sensitive areas make sure you don’t apply near those areas.  Otherwise, it’s an amazing deep cleanser.
I noticed my forehead and jawline area, where I can sometimes have hormonal acne, looked amazing after using the Blue Corn mask.  It’s so incredibly refreshing, and felt amazing while it was on, and while I was taking it off.  It felt like a mini-peel and I could see immediate results which I love.
This mask is so interesting because with the power it has you would expect it to be somewhat hard and drying to the skin.  The Blue Corn Mask applies very creamy and will not leave you feeling tight and dry after you rinse it off, promise!
The Body Shop always has special offers, and when you’re a Love Your Body Rewards Member it’s that much better, so next time you’re in the mood for a new face mask, I highly suggest this one!!

The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

Since I’ve been using this product for a few months now I figured it’s finally time to review it!
I’m super loyal to Lush’s Ocean Salt [see post here] as my #1 exfoliator, but just for fun (and because I had an old GroupOn) I purchased The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Microdermabrasion.  I’ve used some other Body Shop Vitamin C collection products before, and I was honestly intrigued by this one, so I gave it a try.
It’s described as a facial but I wouldn’t necessarily call it that.  It’s def very spa like in that the beads are so small and delicate so you’re really able to go deep in cleaning pores.  A little goes a long way so don’t think because it doesn’t look super grainy that you’ll need more.  You won’t!
The two main ingredients in this product are shea and camu camu berry, which has extremely high concentrations of vitamin C…perfect for dull skin!  The shea keeps the product creamy, preventing that rough/ dry feeling some exfoliants can produce.
My skin definitely feels super soft after using it, however I also experience some redness, but that usually goes away by the time I’m finished with my routine after showering.  You massage the product into your skin and then wash it off, don’t let it linger too long.  Also, The Body Shop does not suggest using this product more than once a week…it’d just be too rough on your skin.  So, I use it on the day I use my hair/ face mask…which is always Friday!
It took me a few times to notice a difference when using this product, but now that it’s been a few months, I can say I’ll definitely be repurchasing.  I enjoy using it before my face mask so those mask ingredients can penetrate better after the exfoliate. 

The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Face Mask

I really love The Body Shop, I mean like I realllllyyyy love that store.  All of their products are great, nothing ever disappoints me.  One of the very first products I started using was their Tea Tree Face Mask, I think I’m on my third or fourth pot and you get SO many masks out of it!

First thing I like about this mask, it’s super cooling and a tad tingly…I personally love that feeling, I guess it makes me think the product is actually doing something!  This mask is geared toward blemish prone skin, so it’s right up my ally– its goal is to remove impurities and combat excess oil & I think it succeeds at both.  [You won’t feel dried out after using it, I promise!]  I def see a difference in shine control right after using it, which is super important to me.

I ideally try to use this mask once a week, but the reality is I don’t always get the chance.  If you pick this up def try to keep on a schedule when using it, and it’ll be super effective!  I noticed a change after two weeks.

PS: I also use the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask [see review here] to combat redness and help keep me hydrated during the winter months.  Just like this mask, it works!