Let’s Talk Skincare: Masks and Scrubs

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These are some of my favorite masks and scrubs.

These are some of my favorite masks and scrubs.

Hey y’all! Today I wanted to share with y’all some of my favorite masks and scrubs. I absolutely love to treat myself to a masks or scrub at least once a week. This is especially great for those with combination/oily or dry skin, although normal skin types can also see benefits!

Quick side note: most of my facial masks are specific for troublesome skin and therefore have some clay in them. Clay is perfect for oily skin because it absorbs excess sebum.

Face Masks: 

  • Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask: This was actually the first mask I ever purchased! It’s a medicated mask (it contain salicylic acid) that helps unclog pores and reduce acne. Because it also has clay, it helps with oily skin. It’s not my favorite mask, but it works okay. My skin feels fresh and soft afterwards. This product retails for $22 USD and can be bought online or in stores.
  • Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores: I love to use this mask as a mini facial! Apply it fresh out of the shower (when the steam opens your pores) or apply a warm cloth to your face before you use it. It tingles a bit and looks kind of funky (you’re putting charcoal on your skin), but it unclogs pores and draws out impurities. However, you do have to use this constantly to see results. It retails for $24 USD and can be bought online or in stores.
  • Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin: This is my absolute FAVORITE mask so far! I love how it feels on my skin (it tingles a bit) and leaves my face looking ah-mazing afterwords. Just like the Clear Improvements mask, this mask needs constant use in order to work its magic. Whenever my skin looks blah or I have many breakouts, I apply this after I shower and it turns my skin around. It diminishes redness and helps to calm the havoc. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, not just those with acne-prone skin. It retails for $24 and can be bought online or in stores.
  • GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment: I have to be completely honest with you on this one: I bought it on a whim thinking it was the Supermud Treatment (which, as it turns out, comes in a white jar). When I got home I realized the mistake I had made and, seeing as how I didn’t feel like taking the half-hour drive to my nearest Sephora to return it, I used it. I figured that if it didn’t work out, I could always give it to my mother. This mask is supposed to leave skin more radiant and younger-looking as well as provide exfoliation. According to some reviews, it also helps to get rid of blackheads. I must warn you though: this mask makes my face tingle SO MUCH. If you have very sensitive skin, I would not recommend it at all. My skin isn’t sensitive yet it turns a bit red after I remove the mask. But it does a good job of absorbing sebum (if only for a little while) and exfoliating. I purchased the $19 USD version at Sephora but the larger size retails for a steep $69. This product can be bought online or in stores.

Face and Body Scrubs: 

  • Clinique Exfoliating Scrub: Oh my word. The best-smelling and best-feeling facial scrub in the whole world. It feels and smells as if I’m rubbing mint leaves all over my face, and I ADORE IT. It does a great job of exfoliating my face and lips (just don’t swallow it) and leaves my skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom. It doesn’t break me out either. It retails for $19.50 USD and can be purchased online or in store.
  • C.Booth Ginger Sugar Body Scrub: If I could marry an inanimate object, it may or may not be this scrub. What can I say? It smells amazing, it works amazing, it feels amazing, the price is amazing and the best part is that I DON’T HAVE TO MOISTURIZE AFTERWARDS. HALLELUJAH. I’ve only had this for a couple of months and have only used this 5 times, but I’m almost out. I love using this all over my body (especially on my ankles, knees and elbows) and it leaves me wanting to rub my legs ALL DAY. It retails for $8.99 USD and can be purchased online or in stores at ULTA.
Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask.

Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Origins Out of Trouble Mask.

Origins Out of Trouble Mask.

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Clinique Exfoliating Scrub.

Clinique Exfoliating Scrub.

C.Booth Ginger Sugar Body Scrub.

C.Booth Ginger Sugar Body Scrub.

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An Apology To You, Dear Reader

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Hey y’all! First of all, I have to say that I am deeply sorry for being AWAL on y’all for the past months. I had a lot going on (namely exams) and honestly didn’t have enough time to blog. But most of all, I went through this period where I thought that having a makeup blog was useless because A) there are a gazillion makeup blogs, B) I am neither rich nor famous and therefore cannot afford to do large hauls or lots of product reviews, and C) I am only an 18 (now 19) year-old who probably won’t get anywhere in this business. This sad realization kicked in after I spent $100+ at Sephora. I suddenly couldn’t justify spending $50 on a foundation.

But after doing some thinking, it dawned upon me: this blog isn’t titled “Makeup Blog”; it is titled “Tidbits”, which basically means that I can blog about anything and everything on here. I already have a post about fitness, and I plan to do a couple more (I’m on a fitness frenzy now!). I can share some of my favorite recipes with y’all or write about my never ending love for food. To sum it all up, I can talk about anything I want and whatever y’all want to hear. Want to read a post about my latest obsession with “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood”? It should be up soon.

So, dear reader, this is not only an apology, it is also a promise. I can’t tell you that I’ll post every other day or every week, but I can definitely say that I won’t take a 5 month long hiatus. The majority of my posts may be beauty-related or just me ranting about what it’s like to be a teenager in this century (seriously, it’s hard!). I just hope someone will read it!!

Current Obsession: Perigee 7 Minute Workout App

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I have a confession to make. My New Year’s Resolutions to work out don’t start kicking in until, say, April. But after years and years of trying to get fit with different workout programs (P90X and Insanity), workout videos (Jillian Michaels, Tone It Up and Blogilates), I have discovered my new obsession: the seven minute workout. 

 

Now, there are PLENTY of apps that promise an intense, but rewarding, seven minute workout (Johnson & Johnson has a pretty cool one), but what makes this app cooler is that it actually rewards you for working out. The rewards start off small as each achievement is reached. Some achievements include finishing your first workout, working out 7 days in a row, and working out every day for a month. The “rewards”, or new workouts, are unlocked every second month you stay in the challenge. The first workout you have is a full body workout, so having the option of doing a core, cardio, stretch or fat burn workout is great. 

 

Another unique thing about the Perigee app is that you can choose your instructor. You can either have Alli Simpson (an Australian and my personal favorite), a drill sergeant, a kung-fu master, cheerleader (great for motivation) or a hippie. These instructors push you through your workouts and keep you motivated. They actually have some true things to say. 

 

The first time I did the workout (2 circuits which equals about 16 minutes), I didn’t even notice the time. The second day, however, I was itching to finish both rounds. You can also choose how many rounds to do in a day, which means that you no longer have an excuse, because I’m sure y’all have 7 minutes to spare. 

 

The design is pretty and simple to use. Plus you can have your favorite songs playing in the background. I’ve included some pictures down below. Hope you give it a try and reach your fitness goals! 

 

 

 

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Target Haul

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Hello everyone! Today I have a small haul for you. 

This weekend I popped into Target to have a look around and, as usual, picked up some things. None of the products I bought are brand new, but I have been eyeing them for a while and decided to give them a try. 

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Pink Me Up (045) is a muted pink with shimmer. It looked gorgeous but washed me out a bit when I put it on. If you have medium or dark skin, I recommend applying a lipliner underneath (and filling in your lips) before you apply it. I applied one that’s a couple of shades darker than my natural lip color and it looked great! The formula is creamy but it does emphasize any dry patches on the lips. Be sure to moisturize beforehand! 

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny (720) is raved about everywhere. It’s not my first bronzer, but as soon as I put it on I fell in love! With my medium skin tone, the sun-kissed effect is very natural (note: the color payoff isn’t that great, but I don’t mind). It’s a matte bronzer and can be used to contour. Also, the mirror it comes with is AMAZING. 

Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara in Very Black is a GREAT mascara. It lives up to its claims and gives a very natural look to your lashes. I only applied one coat of this, but I’m sure that if you apply a couple of coats it will look nicer. It volumizes the lashes and gives some length. My go-to for an everyday or makeup-no-makeup look!

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown (260) has a great texture. It’s not too creamy yet it’s not too hard. The darkest shade is great for my dark brown hair. Plus I love that it has a spoolie on one side! Definitely one of my favorite things to fill in my brows with. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent (001) – Wow! I cannot get enough of this powder! It keeps shine at bay for up to 5 hours (although on me it only works for 4 hours) and comes in many shades. I prefer the transparent one, but there’s a shade for everyone. One of my HG powders!

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black is a great eyeliner for smudging. It’s not the blackest-black (their Scandaleyes pencil does the trick), but it gives a sultry effect when blended out. On my oily eyelids it lasts all day with a primer, but I’m sure it can be used without one. This liner is also great for tightlining and lining the waterline, although it does give the raccoon effect after a long day. 

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Rimmel Eyeliner, Maybelline Brow Pencil, NYC Bronzer and Maybelline Lipcolor

Review: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara

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Hello lovelies! Today I have yet another review for you. 

I know I’m late for the party, but I recently got the mini version (0.1 oz) of Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara and I am in LOVE. 

Now, don’t get me wrong (because I absolutely love wearing false lashes), but I’m not a long-lash kind of gal. I love how the effect looks on other people, but I feel that it just doesn’t look good on me. Which is why I was a little apprehensive about this mascara.

The Benefit website states that this mascara lengthens, volumizes, lifts and separates lashes. I was worried that my lashes were going to look very spidery and fake. However, I decided to give it a try… and wow. This mascara does all it claims plus more! 

I only applied one coat but as you can see, my eyelashes look great! What makes this mascara so special is the wand. It’s topped with a spiked ball that lengthens and separates, thereby giving a ‘false lash’ look. (Side note: please excuse my messy eyebrows! I’m growing them out…)

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Before applying mascara. 

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After one coat of They’re Real! Mascara.

 

 

 

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Closer look at the wand.

 

All in all, it’s a great mascara! I’m sure your lashes will look great if you apply a couple of coats. This product retails for $23 USD but you can get a smaller version for $10 USD.

Origins Haul + Review! Zero Oil Line + Out of Trouble Mask

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Hello lovelies! I recently decided to change up my skincare routine, so naturally I opted for Origins! Now, if you don’t know, my skin is super oily. Like really, really oily. So after doing a bit of research (and I say a bit, because there aren’t many reviews on this Origins line), I decided to give it a go. I also purchased the Out of Trouble Mask. 

The Zero Oil products claim to get rid of the excess sebum without over-drying the skin. Here is what the Origins website says about each product: 

Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser with Saw Palmetto & Mint ($21): This maximum-strength, gently foaming cleanser formulated with skin-clearing Saw Palmetto, cooling Mint and pore-minimizing Salicylic Acid helps clear pores, eliminate excess oil and reduce shine. Leaves skin tingly clean and refreshed.

Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner with Saw Palmetto & Mint ($21): This invigorating, multi-tasking toner formulated with skin-clearing Saw Palmetto, cooling Mint and pore-minimizing Salicylic Acid instantly reduces shine and removes excess oil. Leaves skin with a smooth, matte finish. 

Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion with Saw Palmetto & Mint ($27.50): This lightweight, oil-free, hydrating lotion with skin-clearing Saw Palmetto, refreshing Mint and pore-minimizing Salicylic Acid instantly reduces shine, refines skin texture and creates a smooth, matte finish. 

Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin ($24): When skin is too-slick or when more pressing problems start to pop up, it’s Origins to the rescue to keep skin out of trouble. Nature’s trouble-shooters, including super-absorbent Zinc Oxide and Sulfur, calming Camphor rapidly responds to problem skin’s plight with a three-part plan – sop up oily-shine, slough off sticky, dead cells, and sweep away irksome debris. Together they steer skin clear of slippery situations, refine rough texture and pull the plug on troublemakers to oust potential outbursts. 

I have to say, Origins does live up to their claim! I absolutely LOVE the products. The cleanser doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight like other cleansers do, the toner is great at removing excess dirt and oil from my pores and the moisturizer adds just enough moisture back into my skin. As for the mask, it’s pretty amazing. The only thing I dislike about the Out of Trouble Mask is that I have to remove it with a damp cloth… which kind of irritates my skin. But overall, fabulous products. 

Now, these products DO have a scent to them. The Zero Oil products smell like (you guessed it) saw palmetto and mint. I’ve never smelled anything like it and I do enjoy it. If you’re not a fan of scented products, smell them first to see if you’re okay with the scent. The mask’s scent reminds me of Vicks VapoRub. It takes me back to the good ol’ days where my mom would rub some on my chest and feet when I was sick.  

Overall these products are great! They definitely have controlled my oil and my blemishes have gone down. Let me tell you that the first day I used these my skin looked radiant. I don’t know how to describe it, but it just looked so great, even though it wasn’t completely blemish-free. 

Thumbs up for Origins! 

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Hello Everyone!

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So I guess I should use this blogpost to tell y’all a little bit about myself.

My name is Andrea and I’m in my late teens (read: 18 years old). 

I started this blog to post things that I like, namely beauty, fashion, food, tips & tricks, etc. 

I’m extremely organized. Like, EXTREMELY organized. So maybe I’ll share some of my tips with y’all!

As you can tell, I’m from the South. 

I love to travel! My favorite place (so far) is Singapore. 

 

So I think that’s it for today. Maybe tomorrow I’ll post a product review. 

Well, see y’all!