Skincare

C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask Review

Yesterday I was telling you about Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask which is very nice but pretty expensive too! Sad sigh. Have no fear the Muse can cheap it up for you.

I recently hauled a few bits and bobs from C.O. Bigelow’s Face Collection when it was buy two get two free at Bath and Body Works. One new item they introduced is the Power Berry Mask which is a moisturizing mask treatment for nourishing and restoring moisture to skin.

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I dunno if I’d call this cheap as it’s $18, that’s somewhat high for C.O. Bigelow but I do generally like their products so indulge I did (plus the sale didn’t hurt the price too much either).

The C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask is a light purple shade and smells subtly of fruit and floral. Of course it makes the wild claims of how incredible the acai berry is for wrinkles, skin, etc….we’ve all heard those before. Simply put it delivers nice hydration to my skin and it’s cheap and that’s what matters most to me. Hey, if it helps with anti-aging in the long wrong I won’t complain!

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I apply the mask and leave it on for 20 minutes you can do 10 as per the instructions. I just leave it on longer to get the full benefit of a moisturizing treatment. After the time is up I rinse with cold water and my face feels nicely softened and moisturized. It’s nothing dramatic but it does offer moisture where moisture is needed as my face is dry as all hells lately.

Few facts….

I read some bad reviews that said this made a few folks break out, haven’t experienced that but their was a slight sting when I applied. Barely noticeable to my hard as nail skin but I imagine if you’re sensitive this could possibly irritate or break your skin out so beware. Secondly, I got it free as I got it on sale but I’m really unsure if I’d indulge further at $18 as I’d rather just shell out the rest of my cash for the Clarins mask but if it’s on sale again I can see myself picking it up for sure.

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Not an amazing facial treatment but not terrible either.

Anyone try?

Loving it?

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WANT IT: Lush Coco Lotion

Yes, well, it goes without saying that anything with pineapples, coconuts, or other tropical fruits talks to me, particularly in the Summer!

Meet Lush Coco Lotion:

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Wants it!

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Inspired by the beautiful Caribbean, with fresh pineapple juice, extra virgin coconut oil, mandarin and rosemary this new lotion from Lush sounds well..it sounds lush!

You know the Muse thinks she could happily live in the Caribbean. She’s been all around it and thinks the people are so incredible plus it helps that most everywhere on in the Caribbean is a little piece of paradise. So anything that reminds me of paradise tops my skincare regime!

Count Lush Coco Lotion as a want for this Muse! Yes, please I’d like to smell like fresh pineapple.

Available now from Lush UK and soon to follow in the US I’m ever so sure.

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Wake Up Winter Skin, Hello Soft Summer Skin: Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask Review

I dunno about you but my face needs a revamp after the Winter. When the warm weather begins to set it I seriously need to work to get my skin in proper Summer ready order. Winter is harsh for me as it dries my skin out, causes gross flaking, and just generally destroys the freshness my skin normally has. What am I left with? Dull, dry, in need of help skin.

So to wake up my winter skin this year I’ve tried out Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask and I proceeded to say hello to soft Summer skin!


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Although it’s a tad expensive and it’s made for mature skin I still likey Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask. Props because it smells so heavenly (soft rose floral scent) but bigger props for making my face so smooth and moisturized.

The mask is a moisturizing pink cream that you apply generously to skin and leave on 10 minutes. I leave it on half an hour, might as well get all the moisturizing I can get for the $62 price tag. After time has elapsed I proceed to rinse it off with cool water. My skin feels nicely moisturized after use, very soft and nourished, and just generally pampered.


The greatest thing about it?

I love how I apply a super generous layer and I’m left with a slew of what appears to be lotion on my face. But within the time I leave it on, be it 10 or 30 minutes, my skin literally sucks the mask up. It’s a pretty awesome effect as when I look in the mirror after a time my face is virtually clear of the mask prior to my rinse. Pretty cool!

If you’re seeking something to bring a bit more moisture into your life or looking for way to revive dry skin or dullness left over from the Winter this is worthy of a look at. It’s quite expensive though so it may have you second thinking whether it’s something you need or not. Clarins has my heart lately and I was pretty delighted for what this did for my skin. If I were you I’d head to counter and ask for a tiny sample to try out, you might find yourself falling for it too!

Anyone try?

Do share some of your tips for getting your skin back in shape after a long Winter!

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Beauty Babble: Weathering Makeup

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Wanna Beauty Babble with me? During our last babble we were hit with survival beauty and all the essentials we’d need in dire situations.

How To Play:
The Beauty Babble section basically is a scenario of “possibilities” with questions and answers about what you’d do in situations where cosmetics would be needed!

Today’s babble is about various weather conditions and makeup items or skincare you’d need in such situations!

Jump ahead to read my babblings and submit your own if you’re wanting to play!

You head to work on Monday expecting it to be like any other day of the week when your boss pulls you aside with some incredible news. He relates to you that he wants to send you to London for the entire Summer to work at the UK branch. You’re so excited you can’t believe your good luck! As soon as you leave his office you dial up your best friend who lives in England to share the details. Your best friend informs you that it would be a terrible time to come to London right now because the predicted weather for the next three months is gloomy, cloudy weather and rain! You’re kinda feel badly after you hear this especially since you’re having perfect Summer weather right at home. You keep your chin up and decided you’ll need a few makeup essentials to bring Summer with you to cold, dreary London. What will they be (choose five)?

I’d choose a fun Summer scent, a great bronzer, a pretty shade of blush, a shimmery, Summery palette for my eyes, and a good primer to keep my makeup from falling off my face in the rain!

My picks:

Fragrance: Harajuku Lovers G
Warm, coconut will help me think Summer during those rainy days!

Bronzer:
Urban Decay Baked Bronze in Glided
As if you haven’t heard enough how much I love this bronzer! Shimmery cheeks with hint of gold and peach will bring a little sun to my cloudy day in London!

Blush:
MAC Eversun Blush
My ideal blush this Summer and plenty peachy to bring a little color into my world on dreary days!

Eyeshadow Palette:
Kate Von D Gypsy Eyeshadow Palette
A slew of Summery greens to spring up my look in the rain!

Primer:
Korres Face Primer
Love this stuff! Keeps my makeup so fresh! Hopefully it’ll help keep it waterproof too!

Your best friend asks you to dinner on Friday night and explains she has amazing news to tell you! You meet up with her and as you’re ordering dinner she springs on you she’s getting married to an Arabian Sheikh. With your mouth hanging open you gasp in shock! After getting over your shock you gush how excited you are for her. After the waiter leaves with your order you proceed to ask her for all the details. She explains that the wedding will take place in the Sahara Desert. Trying not to gasp in shock you begin plotting skincare items you’re going to need to keep your face properly moist. Pick three items to keep your skin in order!

My picks:

Lush Ocean Salt
Most people don’t use Ocean Salt on their face because they feel it’s too harsh but I happen to love it! It’s ideal for those crazy desert days when my skin begins to flake up!

Mandom Perfect Assist 24 Double Moist Cream
This will keep my skin moist and dewy while the sun is beating down on my head!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sun Block
Gotta have high SPF for those sunny days in the desert! 85+ on this one! w00t!

Ok! Now it’s your turn. The desert and dreary, cold rain for three months! Babble it peeps and tell me what you’d need to survive these nasty weather conditions.

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Best of Inexpensive Asian Skincare: B&C Super off Eye Make-Up Remover

As you may know I have a slew of Asian drugstore finds hiding out in my closet. I really like shopping inexpensive Asian skincare and I’m always full of glee when I can score a deal online or have a friend pick me up something from Japan or Korea. One of my fav finds from the Asian skincare world is B&C Aqua Way Super Off Eye Make-up Remover. You may recognize the B&C name if you know Japanese cosmetics as they are the company behind Love Clover. B&C also offers a slew of inexpensive drugstore skincare items such as Aqua Way Super Off Eye Make-Up Remover. This retails for around $4-$5 USD in Japanese drugstores but it’s available readily online for US shoppers at around $8-$9. The price is a tad jacked up so the question to answer is it worth the price increase?

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Yes, if you have no friends or contacts in Japan to get this for you than yes it’s worth the price jack. It’s a quality item that I’ve used for two years or more now and absolutely adore.

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What is it?

It’s a subtly orange scented gel which removes waterproof mascara, hard to remove eye makeup, and eye shadow.

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I’ll start off by saying I’m not partial to gels or balms for removing my shadow. For example I think theBalm Balms Away is awesome however it’s not my ideal makeup remover. I do prefer liquid to remove my eye makeup. That being said I can be convinced to love good quality items like Balms Away and Super Off Eye Make-Up Remover.

The formula is a very thick gel that doesn’t foam or sud, no tricks or gimmicks, simply a gel here. Taking a little more than a pea size amount you rub it on makeup laden eyes sans water. As you rub the gel breaks up makeup and goes to work to remove it. After gently rubbing for a minute or so you can proceed to rinse with warm water. Presto! Eye makeup, even hard to remove waterproof mascara, is rinsed off.

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I imagine the idea of rubbing your eyes for a minute or so isn’t too appealing but I find that the gel allows your fingers to gently glide across your eyes so no severe tugging is involved. If you’re terribly uncomfortable with rubbing you can simply work the gel onto lashes and ever so gently rinse them clean. Honestly, the friction of the gel makes for a ever so gentle removal.

It’s possibly one of the best removers I’ve come across aside from Lancome Bi-Facil plus it’s way cheaper. You get about a 3.7oz to 4oz tub for the price which will last well over 3 months with daily use.

If you’re looking for the Best Inexpensive Asian Eye Makeup Remover, B&C Eye Make-Up Remover is it. It’s Muse Approved for purchase! A tried and true favorite.

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The Muse recommends purchasing from the following places:
Sasa $8.90
Imomoko $12.95

I’ll be bringing you more of my favorite, best inexpensive Asian skincare picks soon!

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