Hello beauties! We all know I’m a sucker for skincare, so today I’ll be doing a review on Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque. Pür Minerals is a 100% cruelty-free brand that I’ve been interested in for a while, but … Continue reading
I recently got a gift card to Sephora from my amazingly awesome mom as an early Christmas present. Yay! Makeup! Free samples! New stuff to freaking blog about since it’s been ages! I actually have a couple of posts that I need to put up soon, including the tutorial for how to fix a broken nail with a tea bag, a sunset ombre mani and Jamberry nails! So be ready, I’ll be posting a lot more in the near future.
I’m going to be reviewing all of the items that I received from Sephora. I purchased the following and received them all on Tuesday. Today is the first day I’ve had to relax, which is why I haven’t posted about them sooner.
– 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Pencil from Urban Decay in Blackheart/Darkside
(This matches the Naked 3 palette if you have it!)
– Eyeshadow Primer Potion from Urban Decay in Original
– Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator IL01 (Sheer Beige)
(I’m really excited to try this one as I LOVE contouring and highlighting!)
– WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud mask
– Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion Age Reform
– Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator
– Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
So I got a relatively good haul. Some of those were samples, but it doesn’t matter as Sephora is always generous with how much they give you. I love the free gifts you get at Sephora because it’s a chance to try something you may not have splurged on otherwise.
Today I’ll be reviewing the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask.
This was one of my samples, and it came in a bright, matte green packet. There’s no weight listed on it, but it’s small, guys. It says the name, “TATA HARPER” underneath their logo, followed by “A fresh start in Skin Care”. It states it is a 100% natural Resurfacing Mask for instant glow. Well, I like glow-y. Reading through the list of ingredients on the back, I see water, aloe juice, willow bark extract (which naturally contains salicylic acid), pomegranate extract (lots of antioxidants) and many others. The instructions read “For immediate glow, apply a thick layer of the Resurfacing Mask on a clean face. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.” I didn’t think it was going to be applied in a thick layer, but even though the package is small, it glides on smoothly and allows for a generous application, without using much at all. It feels a lot like aloe, if you ever got a sunburn and had to sooth the stinging.
Okay, so I applied a decently thick layer across my face, after washing with my new favorite, Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser. It’s a sample that my mom gave me, and you only need a drop, and it keeps my face from getting oily all day. Ugh, amazing. I’ll put up a post about it eventually. I like trying face stuff for about a month before reviewing. Anyways.
The product has a gel consistency, is translucent pink and smells a bit like Ponds Cold Cream. After about five minutes, I could feel it drying on my skin, and it began to tighten. It was never uncomfortable through the 30 minutes I left it on, and I liked that it was clear because I could watch it work. I rinsed with warm water, and then let my face air dry before checking it out.
My skin feels amazing to the touch. I can feel how tightened my skin has gotten. The few blackheads I had are still poking about, but looking smaller. I’ll check back in about an hour and see if they’ve shrunk more. My face is very bright. I don’t have much of my usual pinkness around my nose area, and my skin looks much more vibrant than it normally does. The Ponds Cold Cream smell does not linger at all after using. I can’t smell anything at all, and I’m usually quite sensitive to smells on my face.
I’m sorry, I didn’t post a before and after picture because I have really shit allergies right now and I look like crap and I’m not going to share that with the Internet. But here’s a photograph of the product, selling on the Tata Harper website for $55 for 1oz.
Overall, I’m quite happy with the results. It’s a nice treat, and I feel it would probably be beneficial once a week or so.
There will be lots more reviews coming soon, my Bloggers and Bloggettes and Bloggees.
Have you tried Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask?
What do you think?
Recently, a friend of mine has begun selling body wraps. These wraps claim to help tighten, firm and tone different parts of your body. You can purchase one wrap for $25 or for best results, buy a box of four for around $65. I decided to just get one, to see how it worked and if I liked it.
Immediately after submitting my payment, Michelle, my distributor, shipped my wrap to me. It took about two days to arrive. It was safely packaged inside a large envelope.
Okay, so I’ve been dying to try these things for ages now. I’m not really overweight, technically, but there’s parts of my body that could do with some tightening up, ya know. I was super stoked to get to try one out, as I’ve been reading conflicting information on them for a while. Some people scream the benefits from the rooftops, from trimming excess inches to detoxifying the body to reducing stretch marks and more. Others scoff at them and claim it’s a bunch of bogus bullshit and you’re doing nothing more than rubbing lotion on your skin and letting it sit. Either way, the concept was super intriguing and I was really excited when it arrived.
Well, I went up to Walgreens in order to purchase Saran Wrap, but all the employees kept saying things to me and asking if I could find everything alright, and instead of getting the one thing I went to Walgreens for, I got a pack of razor blades and some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream bars for my boyfriend. Ugh. This is why I need to write things down. Well, Michelle assured me that I could just wear a tight-fitting shirt over the wrap, and as long as I stayed still, it would be fine. Like I was going to move. I’m not taking any chances of doing this wrong!
So this morning I get up and take some before photos. As you can see, I’m not huge, but there’s problem areas. Also, I didn’t realize that my skin is the same color as my walls, so I’m sorry that there’s difficulty in these. The after photos I did turned out better.
After this, I got out my wrap, my tight shirt, and a gallon of ice water. Since the wrap is detoxifying you, you need to drink loads of water in order to help it along. You’re supposed to drink half of your body weight in ounces. Well, that’s a lot of fucking water. I was going to have to do my best.
I carefully cut along the dotted lines (I’m such a good girl) and removed the wrap from the packaging. It smelled amaaaaazzinnngg. Very minty, with some lavender maybe? It was fantastic. Yum. The directions state to put it on your desired area for 45 minutes. Michelle said that since I don’t have sensitive skin, to feel free to leave it on for up to an hour. So an hour it was to be. Using hot water, I washed off the area I was going to place it, then dried off. This helps to open up your pores so you get maximum benefit. I placed the wrap carefully across my stomach and over to my love handles. Gross. I pulled down my super tight shirt and laid carefully in bed, e-cigarette in hand, nail polish ready to go.
I ended up drinking the full gallon of water. I thought I was going to die from the amount of liquids sloshing around in my belly. I painted my nails, did my makeup and played some Diablo III while I waited for it to be done. Hooray! Productive while not moving!
So at the end of the hour, I removed the wrap and discarded it, rubbed in the lotion that was remaining on my skin and looked at the results…
Alright, so the first one definitely wasn’t a miracle. There was some obvious tightening over the area that I placed it, which was nice. My pooch (ugh) wasn’t quite so noticeable. But what I was most pleased about was that it lightened up my stretch marks! I’m so excited! It has been about 24 hours since using the wrap now, and I can still see the results! I had a baby for my aunt nearly six years ago, and I got ridiculous stretch marks in a belt all the way around my stomach. So to see how much of a difference there was made me nearly cry. The photographs don’t do it justice. You’ll have to forgive me, I’m using a Samsung Galaxy SII to take pictures with, and I’m no pro.
My verdict: If I could afford to throw down $65 a month on a four-pack of these, and do it for several months, I absolutely would. If you’re looking for a quick tone for the beach, or if you have stretch marks like me and want to have them be less obvious, I would recommend getting them once in a while. I’m not sure exactly how long the results last, but it’s been over a day and I’m still very pleased. It was a relaxing hour to myself, I liked how my stomach looked after using, and my whole house smelled super yum after using it.
All in all, I think this is a great product, and you should absolutely try it at least once. If you’d like to go through the same distributor I use, go to her website.