Korean Skincare: The Cure Collagen Essence Sheet Masks Review

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I’m currently on the hunt to find some good quality sheet masks at a discounted price. I came across a bunch of these The Cure sheet masks at Ross, Marshalls, & TJ Maxx. So I decided to buy a few of these to try out for you guys. Each box costs $5.99 for 5 masks, so about $1.25 for each mask including tax. They have a bunch of different masks you can choose from, depending on what you are looking for.

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Unfortunately these masks were a hit and miss.  There were a few that I liked: the Brightening and Argan Oil. They smelled great and refreshing. My skin felt smooth and soft afterwards. While there were a few that didn’t quite work for me. The Tea Tree and the Pearl masks had a very strong, almost overwhelming scent to them. I honestly had to force myself to finish the box. The Collagen and the Vitamin left a sticky residue. Also the Tea Tree and the Coenzyme Q10 masks broke me out. Only a few hours after doing the masks, I noticed small white bumps all over my face.

It’s definitely one of the cheaper Korean sheet masks out there but the real question is, is it worth it??? Did the masks even do as they claim? No. My skin did not look brighter, firmer, nor did it calm down my troubled skin. All the mask did was moisturize my skin, which gel mask sheets are supposed to do. They were maybe average at best. I would not repurchase these again since a few broke me out and the scent was too strong for me to handle. But hey, if you have dry skin and looking for some moisturizing masks, these might work out for you. You never know.

If you are trying to save money, buying a mask in a squeezed tubed or bottle will average out cheaper, since you can use it more than just 5 times. With these sheet masks you really are paying for the convenience and the materials.

**A little background info:  I have very oily skin (usually have to blot after 3 hrs), sensitive, and acne prone. Just because a product didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. We all have different skin types.**

What Makeup I’m Currently Using

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FACE PRODUCTS:
PRIMER & SETTING SPRAY: Cargo Activating Face Primer– it’s a clear gel that leaves the skin a little tacky. Overall just an average primer, nothing special.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray– one of my absolute favorite setting spray! Enough said.

FOUNDATIONS: Clinque Even Better Foundation (25 Buff )- very yellow tone, oxidizes, apply unevenly, and there isn’t any difference  with my skin even after 2-3 months of use. I would not recommend this foundation.
In order to make this foundation work, I have to mix it with my Cover Girl 3-in-1 (832 Nude Beige). This one of my go to drugstore foundations. It applies smoothly, lasts all day, doesn’t make me any oilier, and it’s only a few bucks.

POWDER:  Airspun Loose Powder – it’s light weight, finely milled, easy to buff in, and it’s cheap! The only downside is the strong powdery scent.

CONTOUR/BLUSH: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – This product was overly hyped and personally I don’t care for this palette.  Java got hard pan after only 2 uses,  the powders didn’t blend very well/or easily, and can look muddy if not blended properly.
Estee Lauder Blush All Day Natural Cheek Color (in Raspberry) – Great blush for everyday wear.

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EYESHADOW PRIMER: Bearminerals 5in1 BB advanced performance Cream Shadow (in Candelit Peach) – It contains too much glitter for my liking. Also my shadow still creases at the end of the day.

EYESHADOWS: Naked Basics- I’m just trying to finish Foxy up before selling this palette. The other shadows are too cool toned for me.
Tartlette in Bloom – I’m currently working on the last row of this palette. All of the shadows I’ve tried so far are pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend except for Funny Girl. For some reason the shadow is rough/grainy, not very pigmented, and got hard pan very easily. The only way to make the shadow work is if I foiled the shadow or use a cream base.
Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon – Very creamy, goes on smooth, a little goes a long way, and you have to set it with a powder shadow.

EYELINER: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner– One of my go to eyeliner. It’s pigmented, goes on smooth, easy to use, and the serum does make my lashes longer.

MASCARAS: My holy grail mascaras for length and volume.
Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant
Clinque High Impact 

BROW PENCIL/GEL: Ck brow pencil & gel duo – Smears easily
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel- I’m not a big fan of this because of the thick wand and the gel tends to flake off throughout the day.

February 2017 Empties: Love it, Like it, or Leave it!


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Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer

-I got this from Ulta last year as a free gift when I spent a certain amount online.
-I can’t find the exact price for this but it was pretty pricey
-The packaging looks nice but not very sanitary, I would have preferred a squeeze tube
-Goes on very smooth, smoother than Benefits Porefessional primer
-A little goes a long way
-It does a great job filling in my pores and helping my foundation last all day
-One jar will last you a long time (took me around 6 months or more to finish it)
-Overall: I really do like this primer. It’s very similar to Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer.

20170224_180711_001.jpgUrban Decay Ink For Eyes waterproof precision eye pen

-$20 on the Urban Decay website
-Contains 0.02 fl oz
-Sponge tip applicator
– The tip is small, great for more precise lines
-Rub proof when dried but not quite when wet, stay away from this if you have watery eyes
-Dried out rather quickly, usually a liner can last me 3-6 months but this one only lasted me about 1-2 months
-Overall: Leave it! Don’t waste your money on this, it dries out too quickly.

 

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Agave Oil Treatment 

-The picture shows the sample size, containing 0.1oz each (I had 4 of these and I made sure to used them all up back to back before doing this review)
-$24 for a 2 fl oz  on Amazon
– Smells great
– Works wonders, I saw a difference just after one use
-Mades my hair smooth, soft, and shiny
-I use this 2-3 times a week
-Overall: I love this hair oil! I will be purchasing the full size once I finish up all of my other hair oils.


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Murad Clarifying Cleanser 

-$30 for a 6.75oz at Ulta
-Contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid
-It doesn’t have a harsh chemical scent
-Keeps my acne at bay
-Doesn’t dry out my skin
-Overall: This is my go to face cleanser. No matter how many cleansers I’ve tried, I always go back to this one and the Mario Badescu one. It’s pricey but it’s worth it.

 

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Freeman Facial Polishing Mask Charcoal & Black Sugar

-$4 at Ulta
-Smells great
-The first few times I tried this I couldn’t get it to work. It didn’t apply evenly, it was all clumpy and mess to deal with. Also it wouldn’t stay on the skin, it would just drip off.
-In order to make it work, I had to use it in the shower. It applied at lot easier and more evenly.
-I really like the exfoliating aspect of the mask. The sugar isn’t too harsh, it simply melts away while you scrub.
-Overall: I do like the mask and it’s a great value. But for me personally, I rather have a mask that I can use outside of the shower.

 

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Skin Food Peach Sake Toner

-$15 at Ulta
-Claims: Eliminates shine and excessive sebum
-The bottle is super cute, it resembles a glass sake bottle. It feels very luxurious.
– Smells exactly like peach
-Works great, my skin was less oily and my pores seems smaller
-But the toner was a little drying. I got a few dry patches in my T-zone area from using it too much.
Overall: I would definitely repurchase but only use it during the summer when my skin isn’t as dry.

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Dermalogica Clean Start- Black Head Clearing Pore Scrub

-Has a chemical scent
-Has the same consistency and look as the Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser except with fine microbeads/scrubs. Also this cleanser isn’t as harsh as the clay cleanser
-Skin feels smooth after each use
Overall: Leave it. It wasn’t anything spectacular.

Review: High End Mascaras Part II

Still on the hunt for the perfect mascara? Hopefully this review will help you out.  If you’ve read my other review, then you’ll know I like a mascara that gives a lot of volume and length. Please remember just because a mascara didn’t work out for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
** I’ve placed a little heart (💜 ) next to my top mascara **

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1. Blinc Mascara
-$26 Full Size @ Sephora
-Claims: This mascara adds volume and length, to give you a radiant natural look that lasts all day.
-Thin wet formulation
-Decent volume and length
-You can build up the volume with a second or third coat
-Very little to no clumping
-Easy to take off, but a little messy (comes off in little bits and pieces)
-Overall: It does what it says and gives you a very natural look.

 

 

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2.Buxom Mascara
-$20 Full size @ Sephora & Ulta
-Claims:Intensely volumizing mascara that separates and defines.
-The wand has lots of tiny little bristles, making it easier to coat every lash
-Thin & light weight formulation
-Takes a lot of work building this mascara up
-Little volume or length
-Doesn’t clump
-Lashes looks more fluffy/plushy
-Easy to take off
-Overall: Gives a  natural look

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3. Joise Maran Black Oil Mascara
-$22
-Claims:A mascara that nourishes, lengthens, voluminzes, lifts, and curls lashes for 24 hours.
-Mediocre length and volume
-Clumpy
-Flakes
-Bottle dries out really fast
-Overall: It was a disappointing mascara.

 

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4. Kat Von D Immortal Lash Mascara
-$20
-Claims: A mascaras that lengthens, curls, and coats every lash for a high-drama look.
-Lightweight formulation
-Good length and decent volume
-Doesn’t clump
-Buildable
-Overall: It’s an okay mascara.
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5. Lorac Cobra Mascara 💜
-Currently Sold out on the Lorac
-Claims: It does it all: it a curling, lengthening, and volumizing mascara with keratin, panthenol, and vitamin E.
-Great volume and length
-I don’t know about the curling part of the claim. I have pretty straight lashes and no matter what mascara I used they just fall flat by the end of the day
-Dries up fast
-Overall: I really like this mascara. It’s even on my list of items to repurchase.

 

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6. Nars Audacious Mascara
-$26
-Claims:All in one mascara with lash-catching brush that separates, lengthens, and amplifies.
-I felt like that mascara did nothing for me
-Clumpy
-Flaky
-Overall: I was greatly disappointed with this mascara. For the price, I thought it would have performed better. Even drugstore mascaras are better than this.

 

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7. Sephora Outrageous Curl Mascara
-$12
-Claims:Gives dramatic volume and curve
-The wand is very short with small bristles
-Thick/heavy Formulation
-Buildable
-Little clumping
-Good amount of volume
-Overall: It’s not a bad mascara. It doesn’t give outrageous curls or volume but I don’t mind using it. My only complaint is how heavy the formulation is.

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8. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 💜
-$22
-Claims: Ulta-creamy, lengthening, volumizing formula coats each lash with triple-black pigments- for bigger, blacker, and badder lashes.
-Light weight formulation
-Buildable
-Great volume and length
-Little to no clumping
-Overall: I really like this mascara.This is my go to for everyday.