Tis Summer soon sweeties! Excited about the warm weather? I kinda am although I’m more a lover of Fall and Winter, I can’t deny that Summer is a nice time of the year too.
In celebration of the warmer months to come I thought I’d do one of my crazy face peeling mask posts. Love me much?
I explained in a prior review how peeling masks work but I’ll give you another brief tutorial of what exactly a peeling mask is and how it works. Some people misinterpret peeling as meaning you apply, let dry, and peel off but that’s not the case with many facial peeling masks in Asia. You’re actually going to use some this on a damp face. Scoop a small amount in your hand, be sure your face is damp, and rub it on your face. It’ll begin to “peel” almost as soon as you massage it onto your face and thus “peeling mask” comes into play. The peeling effect supposedly swipes away dirt, oil, and other nasities!
Anosa Cooling Blue Herbal Face Peeling Mask is meant for oily skin so it’s rather ideal for the Summer since my skin tends to get little oily when it’s warmer. But the best part isn’t the fact that it rinses clean away oily skin but the fact that it feels so cooling on my skin! I absolutely adore the cooling effect and it makes for a nice Summer treat for my skin.
The formula can be a bit drying so do be careful not to use it often should you pick one up. Once a week is plenty for anyone with combination or dry skin. Anyone with oily skin can benefit from using it daily. I use it twice a week in the Summer as it makes my skin incredibly matte and squeaky clean with an almost glow after use.
I’m probably hyping it up a bit more than it really is but I rather enjoy the cool feeling plus it’s not to badly price if you’re paying retail! You can get it on E-bay for a bit of a jacked up price of $12.99-$14.99 USD which isn’t a great price but it’s kind of worth checking out if you have seriously oily skin as this is a nice little solution.
All in all another somewhat useless face mask but the Muse likes it anyway.
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Any fav yet useless skincare products you use?
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Snag yourself some economy friendly beauty with Pacifica Body Lotion!
Pacifica is brand new at your local Sephora and the Muse couldn’t be happier that they are carrying the line as it’s budget friendly, has unique scent blends, and is a great line of green friendly beauty!
Pacifica Body Lotions are a whooping 16oz in size for merely $22 USD each! These guys are jumbo size and house plenty of lotion to last you anywhere from 6 months to a year with daily use. If you’re a green friendly makeup and body care user you’ll be happy to know that Pacifica’s entire line is 100% Vegan Friendly minus harmful ingredients such as parabens!
I absolutely adore these lotions as they absorb so quickly and leave my skin silky smooth with a fantastic layer of scent that lasts all day. The entire Pacifica Collection is available in a wide array of scents that are unique and interesting. I recently tried out Pacifica Body Lotion in Lotus Garden and Pacifica Body Lotion in Bali Lime Papaya both of which are incredible scents for Spring and Summer.
Bali Lime Papaya has dominant note of papaya but with just the right amount of lime to create a complexity that’s fruity and sweet!
Lotus Garden has a dominant note that is a crisp, clean citrus. The citrus keeps the blend fruity but it’s quickly followed up with green notes and a strong underlay of lotus which gives a clean note to the fragrance. It’s quite unusual and very, very nice.
Who might like Pacifica Body Lotion?
Those who like a quick absorbing body cream that leaves skin silky smooth and not sticky or tacky!
- Anyone who wants more for alot less (16oz Jumbo Size for $22 USD, likey!)
- Anyone who likes a moisturizer that has a scent that lingers on the skin all day and keeps you smelling lovely!
- Anyone who has dry skin that needs a little TLC!
All in all Pacifica Body Lotion has alot going for it with it’s green friendly ingredients, it’s appealing price tag, and wonderful scent blends. These are so definitely Muse Approved for purchase as they pack plenty of bang for your buck!
Check out the entire Pacifica Collection by visiting http://www.sephora.com
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I told you about Kenzoki Cleansing Ice Jelly a few days ago but I was slightly confused as I thought it was already available for purchase but actually it’s out in April. So this is a sneaky peek review of Kenzoki Cleansing Ice Jelly due out at www.kenzousa.com in April.
Hard to shake a Muse off her Lush skincare regime but she can be tempted by fine quality items like Kenzoki Cleansing Ice Jelly. Jump ahead to find out why it’s so great!
The entire concept, formula, and idea behind Kenzoki Cleansing Jelly absolutely tickles this Muse. A self-cooling cleansing jelly that has a water-like formula which removes waterproof makeup. What’s not to like? I’m not sure what I dig the most, the fact that it’s cooling or the fact that it emulsifies upon contact with my skin.
I sat the cleanser in my fridge for the better part of an hour as I wanted to experience how cooling it could be. After the hour was up and I proceeded to pour a drop in my hand and begin to rub it on my face, you can use a cotton pad if you like. The formula begins as a creamy jelly but quickly, upon contact with your skin, becomes a water-like substance that whisks away dirt and makeup in a jiffy. It’s almost like having a toner, a moisturizer, and a cleanser thrown together into one single product. It has a fresh scent which to my nose is almost reminiscent of a lighter version of Kenzo Belle de Jour
moisturizer. The cleanser contains ginseng extract which helps to tone and stimulate the skin. Ginseng is also an effective anti-aging supplement.
It did a fine job of removing all my makeup in one sweep and after use my face felt nice and smooth. My skin can be picky when it comes to cleanser and after use sometimes I get a tight, itchy feel but with this I only experienced nice, dewy results.
I was a little confused how to use so I’ll briefly explained. Normally I remove all my eye makeup prior to washing my face so I began by doing that. After I assumed I had to wet my face to use this, not the case. Remove your eye makeup as normal and follow up by squirting a quarter size amount of Kenzoki Cleansing Jelly into the palm of your hand. Rub the jelly all over your face, it’ll begin to emulsify instantly and feel cooling and water-like. After you’ve smoothed it on rinse with cold water and follow up with some your facial moisturizer, the Muse highly suggests Belle de Jour. You’re using it on dry skin or if you like damp skin but not soaking wet. I do suggest using it on your dry skin though as you’ll get the best results.
You can see the process below. The cleanser starts out a cream and quickly becomes a cool watery liquid.
The entire experience is quite a pleasure as it feels so cooling on my tired face. I’m looking forward to Summer just so I can use this during those hot days when my makeup feels stuck on my face.
Last month I was on my Korres trip but I must say that Kenzo has completely taken over my heart at the moment and I’m thrilled with the interesting skincare collection they offer. I’m ashamed to say I always thought of Kenzo as more of a perfume type company, how wrong was I? If anyone can convince me to forgo my beloved Lush it would be either Kenzo or Korres.
Kenzoki Cleansing Jelly is Muse Approved for purchase! Get yours for $28 USD by visiting www.kenzousa.com in April
Tried any Kenzo skincare?
Summer is on the way…well actually it feels like it’s here already the past few days! The Muse wants herself some Kenzo Cleansing Ice Jelly to keep her skin nice and cool for the warmer days ahead.
Kenzo Cleansing Ice Jelly turns into a soft, watery cleanser upon contact with your skin. It has a unique jelly texture that even removes waterproof makeup! Oooo likey! Cooling and removers waterproof makeup? I could deal with that.
This gentle cleanser whisks away makeup while it tones your face. Scented with ginger flower it’s a spicy, invigorating scented cleanser!
Kenzo embraces the chill this Summer with not only this cleanser but also a cooling eye cream and a cooling moisturizer. The Muse is currently having a test drive with Kenzo Ice-Cold Eye Cream and will bring you a review of it shortly with her eye cream round up.
Brrr all this cooling skincare makes me yearn for the warmth of Summer. I’m adding this cleanser to my wish list!
Kenzo Cleansing Ice Jelly will be available for purchase in April.
What do you think?
Love the idea of a cool (literally cool) skincare collection?
Tried Kenzo Cleansing Ice Jelly already?
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Check out more by visiting www.kenzousa.com
I normally don’t like blogging skincare until I’ve used it for a month or more but seeing as I’m so excited about Kenzo Belle de Jour Moisturizer I’m thinking that I’ll rewrite my set of rules and tell you all about it!
The Muse tends to think outside the box and couldn’t help but think “Oh Belle de Jour moisturizer, how very Billie Piper of Kenzo…” What? Am I the only demented one that was thinking of Billie Piper after they heard “Belle de Jour”….oh come on now you know you were thinking the same bloody thing.
Yeah, Billie’s grown up since her day’s as a companion!
If you put aside all the great benefits of Kenzo Belle de Jour and simply embrace the amazing packaging and incredible smell of the moisturizer you should be happy as a little clam. These things make a difference when you’re a girly girl who adores anything that looks and smells pretty.
Bell de Jour is scented with the gorgeous smell of white lotus. Truly a stunning treat for the senses. After blogging for so long I suddenly realized one day out of the blue that some women don’t like scented moisturizers. I couldn’t believe these people actually existed. I happen to fall into the category of loving my facial moisturizer scented and Belle de Jour completely captivates with a fresh floral blend that’s really something you have to experience for yourself to understand. Truly it’s a key selling point for me as the smell is just amazing.
Ok, enough of gushing about the scent….packaging….
Packaging always matters. You know how shallow we all are. We love beautiful packaging, sweet packaging, and kawaii packaging. Don’t lie now, your Muse knows you well and she understands how important beautiful packaging is. Belle de Jour comes housed in a large white box with a beautiful lotus surrounding all four sides of the box. Inside you’ll discover a tiny little book that goes into great detail about what your new facial moisturizer will do for your skin, small things like this make me smile and take note that the brand put a little extra love into the packaging. The jar is typical Kenzo design that has that chic edge to it. It’s a simple cream jar with a slight slant and a beautiful lotus on the lid. The words Belle de Jour grace the bottom. The simplicity of the jar make it elegant and very pretty to display on your vanity.
Now that we got all the shallow stuff out of the way how does the moisturizer perform?
Kenzo Belle de Jour is a face cream to enhance the skin’s natural beauty by protecting it from free radials and the harmful stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol is a chemical found in saliva, which increases significantly when a person is stress. The Muse images she has tons of Cortisol running around all over the place! High levels of cortisol increases blood pressure and weakens the immune system, making the body prone to illness and fat accumulation, see I told you that I had a ton of cortisol running through my body, take a look at my chubby little cheeks you’ll see what I mean! 75% of women using Belle de Jour showed a drop in their cortisol levels by 25% after a single application. Further tests and studies show that the skin surface showed a 28% reduction in reactive oxygenated elements (free radicals) on the skin’s surface.
That’s probably a little too much information but the moral behind the story is that free radicals can create havoc with your skin and Belle de Jour is a moisturizer meant to prevent that chaos. White Lotus, is a natural and potent ingredient which helps restore skin to it’s natural balance and stimulate cellular metabolism leaving behind softer, luminous skin. Simply put the cream increases radiance of the skin, moisturizers, soothes, and protects skin from free radicals.
What’s the Muse say?
The formula is a nice thick moisturizing cream which is recommended for all skin types. I do think it’s a heavy cream so I’d recommend it for night use if you have oily skin or even dry skin for that matter as it can work at improving skin as you sleep. A tiny bit goes a very long way at moisturizing skin and your face feels interestingly refreshed after a single use. The cream absorbs easily and as mentioned above smells heavenly. It sinks in completely and leaves behind softer skin upon contact. It’s one of those facial moisturizers that you’ll see results right away upon application. For example, dry patches on my cheeks were instantly soothed and relieved with one application.
Now as per my recommendation of using it as a night cream, for it’s price you’re going to want to take note of whether or not you want to indulge in it as both a day and night cream or just one or the other. If you live a face paced lifestyle in a large city with plenty of pollution, sun exposure, and just general nastiness that will easily take it’s toll on skin, I recommend using this as your day cream. The point of the cream is to act as a barrier between you and all that insanity that surrounds you during the day. It wraps skin in a cocoon and acts not only as your moisturizer but as a self defense system for your skin. If you work or travel in a slower town and aren’t as exposed you may settle on using this as a night cream. As I mentioned the formula is thick yet manages to be fluffy and absorbs easier so for a day cream it can work well when applied in small amounts.
Restoring the balance of my skin may take a few uses but as of now my skin just feels nicer. I do feel like my skin can take advantage of feeding off a superior facial moisturizer such as this.
I like this one alot and I feel a Muse Approval coming on but I’m going to keep testing it out and I’ll revisit with you in another post soon to tell you how it’s doing with my skin. So far, count this Muse impressed.
Visit www.kenzousa.com for further info or to place an order. Orders over $75 USD get free shipping and three free samples.
What do you think?
Tried Kenzo Belle de Jour?
Wanting to try it?
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