Worth the buy? Charcoal/Mineral Skin Care Products Part I

Charcoal products have been all the rage lately so I wanted to try and review a few products for you guys. So why charcoal? Why is it great for the skin? Activated charcoal is great for the skin because it acts like a magnet and draws dirt, oil, and other harmful substances.

Garnier Cleansing Towelettes w/Charcoal ($6)
Claims: Instantly draws out dirt, oil, and makeup + Removes oil and mattifies
It contains 25 wet towelettes.

I use this to get my makeup off before I shower/cleanse my face or if I’m too lazy to cleanse my face in the morning.
The breakdown:
-There is a clean scent to it, nothing overwhelming.
-The towelettes are thinner than what I would like
– Decent amount of moisture
-Does a good job taking off my face makeup but not my mascaras.
-Doesn’t leave any oil or sticky residue.
-Any residual liquid does absorb into the skin
-I wouldn’t say it leaves my face matte like the product claims, but it does leave my face soft and a little glowy.

Overall: It was an okay product, but not worth the buy since it wasn’t strong enough to take off my mascara. The whole purpose of me buying cleansing towelettes is for removing all of my makeup. A better alternative is the Yes to Grapefruit Cleansing Towelettes. It’s strong enough to take my off my non waterproof mascaras and the towelettes are thick.
Biore Charcoal Pore Strips ($7)
Claims: The strips will unclog pores by drawing out deep impurities and excess oil.


(The front of the strip)

(The back of the strip)

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The Breakdown:
– There’s a little warming sensation when you first put it on
-Quick and Easy to use (wet nose, put on the strip, wait 10 mins, peel off quickly, and voilà!)
-Does a good job removing my blackheads, it doesn’t remove all of course but a small amount. I have big pores and A LOT of blackheads!
-For best use, make sure to exfoliate and steam your face before hand.

Overall: It does a great job. I will repurchasing this again for sure!

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (Full size $34)20160224_234707

I know, I know this doesn’t contain charcoal but it works very similar.
Claims: Detox, purifies, and brighten the skin.



-Goes on smoothly.
-Has an underlining smell of Charcoal.
-Make sure you apply a generous amount other wise the mask will be hard to peel off in one go.
-Easy to use.
-I can’t tell if it makes my skin more luminous but my skin is softer.
-It does a good job absorbing oil and dirt.
-If you use this after steaming your face or after a hot shower, this product can act as a pore strip. It has removed a few of my blackheads before, but not always.

Overall: I really like this product. It’s worth the high price tag.

Freeman Facial Polishing Mask- Charcoal & Black Sugar ($4)20160224_234730
Claims: The Activated Charcoal will help absorb oil and impurities without over-drying while the Black Sugar will help exfoliate away dull skin cells for softness and clarity. Perfect for all skin types.


-I’ve used this with a dried face and a wet face (while in the shower) and I found that this goes on more evenly if your face is wet.
-It smells almost like the Pomegranate Peel Off mask but not as strong. A little chemically, not the most pleasant smell.
– The mask has a warming sensation.
-The sugar wasn’t harsh on the skin, but make sure to wet your hand and face a little before scrubbing.
– The sugar slowly melts away while scrubbing.
-My skin felt super soft afterwards.
-It didn’t dry out my skin.

I really like this mask/exfoliant. I can feel my skin smoother and softer. Not to mention  it’s cheap, contains a lot of product, and it’s effective.

A sneak peak into what will be in Part II:

Yes to tomatoes- Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser,
Yes to tomatoes- Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask,
Michael Todd- Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub,
Michael Todd- Charcoal Detox Gel Cleanser,
& a few other items.


Quick Review: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation

Milani just recently launched their new face primer, face powder, and foundation some time in January/February 2016. I skipped out on their primers and powder since I already have plenty of other primers and powders at home. Also drugstore primers haven’t worked so well for me. So I only got their foundation for around $9 at Walmart.
There’s really a small shade selection, only 8 shades to choose from with most of them being really yellow based.

The foundation is a thick creamy texture, reminding me of Revlon’s Color stay foundation. This foundation does have a scent, it reminds me of cinnamon or apple pie for some reason. But it’s not noticeable once on the face.

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As you can see the foundation is quite dark and yellow for my skin tone. But I did make it work by mixing it with a lighter foundation. Of course I did this after testing the foundation out for a few days. Be aware that the foundations do run a bit dark, so when choosing your shade go a shade or two lighter. The foundation definitely has a medium coverage and you can easily build it up to full with a second or third layer. It did a good job covering my acne and acne scars. The foundation doesn’t feel heavy at all compared to the Color stay foundation.

Some other quick notes about the foundation:
-has a semi-matte finish
-not cakey
-does transfer
-best for normal to combo skin
-Conceal only minor flaws, but you can build it up to cover more (good enough for everyday when you don’t want to use concealer)
– longevity: good 8+ hours w/primer

If you have really oily skin like me, then you will need to prep your skin with some kind of oil controlling lotion/primer/setting spray because I did notice the foundation kind of melting off my T-zone area (where I’m the most oily). If you prep your skin, then the foundation will look flawless and stays on all day!

Overall: I do recommend this if you want a nice fuller coverage foundation. Just remember to go a shade or two lighter than you normally would.

Nordstrom Rack Beauty Steals: Stila 2015 Holiday Sets

Trust in Love Gift Set – $15 (Originally $40)

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I absolutely love the packaging!

This palette contains 12 shadows, 1 lip glaze in Apricot, & a deluxe sample of their Huge Extreme Lash Mascara.

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Left to Right: Warm silver, Fog, Nude Shimmer, Clay, Golden Topaz, Plum, Black pearl, & Stone.

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Left to Right: Black Pearl, Stone, Sapphire, Metallic Bronze, Snowflake, & Light Pink.

These are all smooth and pigmented! The only problem I came across was a few were crumbly, especially Warm Silver! Plum could of been a little more pigmented but other than that, the shadows were great!


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Sending My Love Gift Set – $20 (Originally $49)


This set comes with a Cheek palette, Eyeshadow palette, a Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Stingray, & a Lip Glaze in Guava.



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Left to Right: Bark, Cinnamon, Sandstone, Sangria, & Pale Pink.
All of the shadows were smooth, soft, and pigmented. I don’t have any complaints.


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Bronzer, Pink Rose Blush, & Highlighter.

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These gift sets are a steal! You get so much for your buck! If you can only choose one, I suggest getting the Sending My Love Gift Set since the quality overall is better and it’s more travel friendly compare to the Trust in Love. Make sure go to your local Nordstrom Rack as soon as possible because these are going fast!



First Impression: IT Cosmetics Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow Palette

I recently went to Ulta just to look around and I unexpectedly found this palette. I know this is an old palette and I honestly thought they had discontinued it. But I was lucky enough to get the last one Ulta had for only $20!  It contains 12 shadows: 7 mattes and 5 shimmer.

It comes in a faux  leather packaging with a decent size mirror. The palette does include a tiny brush that no one uses.

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The first two rows.

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The last row. I was surprised at how smooth and pigmented these were. If you buy enough palettes then you know that usually purples and blues have the worst pigmentation, but these have great pigmentation.

I’m so happy with this purchase.