Entries Tagged as 'Face Masks'

5 Guaranteed Romance Killer Beauty Rituals


I don’t think men truly appreciate how much time and effort goes into making us look like the gorgeous, feminine creatures that they fell in love with. Little does he know that our “natural” look requires makeup primer, tinted moisturizer, concealer, mascara, blush and gloss. Six products to make us look like we have no products on. Totally makes sense, right?

But there are definitely some not-so-pretty beauty routines that we women do that should remain a secret. Here are 5 beauty routines that are guaranteed to zap the spark out any romantic feelings:

  1. Upper lip hair removal- whether you use wax or a depilatory, your man would rather not know that you can grow a ‘stache.
  2. Face hair removal- sideburns and stray chin hairs. ‘Nuff said.
  3. Curlers- ever see what an old school wet set looks like? Head full of curlers and the futuristic looking contraption you sit under is even less pretty. Beam me up Scotty.
  4. Face masks- these things can be down right frightful. Don’t believe me? Put on Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask and say hi to any male within your reach and watch the reaction.
  5. Shower cap- I own the sassiest of shower caps—from leopard to pink and bedazzled. Doesn’t matter. Every time my husband sees me in it he smirks and says “I can’t even look at you”.

So moral of the story, if possible save those beauty rituals for your maintenance days when you have the house to yourself. Or you can do what I did and wait until you walk down the aisle and show him what he really married Smile

Top 5 Beauty Products You Never Knew You Had


Let’s face it. Not all of us have the kind of paychecks to be dropping big bucks on the latest YSL Lip Lacquers, Murad’s skincare products, or other beauty favorites that require you to sacrifice your hard earned moolah for high quality. Here are some tried and true remedies and everyday household products that can immediately spruce up your image, while still maintaining their multifunctional value. Best of all, they’re budget-friendly and most are sold in bulk or pack a great bang for your buck. Never look at olive oil the same way again!




1.Vaseline — This one’s a given. This old-time favorite is not only just good for scars and cuts. It can be used to groom your eyebrows, double up as clear mascara for lush lashes, and replace lip balm to soothe dry, chapped lips. Mix a dab of it in a pot along with your favorite lipstick and you’ve got yourself a naturally glossy pout.


2. Aspirin — Got a throbbing headache? Or how bout some pesky zits? Yup. The generic form of this common pain-reliever has proven to work wonders for glowing skin. The technical name for aspirin is Acetylsalicylic Acid, which, as you could guess, is a compound containing the acne-fighting ingredient, Salicylic Acid. An aspirin mask—consisting of 3-4 (give or take) uncoated crushed tablets, a squirt of honey, and a teaspoon of water—can combine to form a fantastic face mask when left on for 10-15 minutes. Your skin will look noticeably brighter and feel softer, thanks to the exfoliating and soothing properties of aspirin and honey. The mask also helps to reduce redness and large pores. Feel free to alter or add on to the “recipe”—with additions like yogurt—to really give your face a treat.


3. Apple Cider Vinegar — If your skin’s looking a little patchy or uneven, good old apple cider vinegar can do the trick (Bragg’s is a cult favorite). When used as a toner, it can help clear up blemishes and other problem areas, giving your face a smoother texture and complexion. The acidic content will help to remove old, dead and tired skin cells from the surface to reveal the new, radiant ones waiting to shine. But be careful! Make sure to dilute the vinegar—with a water: vinegar ratio of your liking—to prevent the acidity from being too harsh on your skin. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar at hand, lemon juice can also provide a similar effect!


4. Green Tea — Running low on your favorite concealer? Steep two bags tea in warm water and cozy up to a mug. Instead of disposing the teabags, stick them into the fridge to chill for about a half hour. Make sure the tea bags are cool and dry before placing them over the eyelids for a makeshift eye compress. After 10 minutes, your lovely peepers will look refreshed and wide awake. The tannin and caffeine in tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles), while the antioxidant EGCG aids in removing under eye fluid buildup—the main culprit for under eye circles and bags. Your boss will never know you danced the night away yesterday á la J. Lo, unless you tell her of course.


5. Olive Oil — Who knew this household cabinet staple could double up as an eye makeup remover? Not only does olive oil trudge through eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner and the likes, it also promotes eye lash growth. Eyelashes, like any other strand of hair on your body, grow dry and brittle if not properly hydrated. Keep your lashes lush and healthy by using an eyelash brush to coat them with olive oil every night. Castor oil is a great alternative. Go on girl, bat away!









Boscia Luminizing Black Mask Review


As part of my Sephora Beauty Insider 500 point gift, I recieved a sample of the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask.

I was curious about the mask for sometime, as it received great reviews on the Sephora website.

The Claim: Suitable for all skin types, the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask is a peel off mask that removes skin impurities, reduces the look of pore size, and reveals a brighter, smoother complexion.

Key ingredients are:

Vitamin C helps brighten skintone and reduce the look of fine lines.

Montmorillonite Clay absorbs excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin.

Pine Bark Extract, a powerful antioxidant, conditions the skin and defends from free radical damage.

Jojoba Leaf, a powerful antioxidant, combats free radical damage while it nourishes and protects skin to prevent premature aging, and Willowherb, a unique anti-irritant, helps to calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation.
Our Results: When first dispensing the mask from the tube, I realize it really, I mean really, is a black mask. The liquid is pitch black. I applied it to my face as the directions instructed and it looked like I had black mud on my face.  Seriously, I startled my 10 year old when I walked downstairs. The mask needs to be applied quickly as it gets sticky and difficult to spread once it hits air. It’s like black glue.

I left it on for 20 min. You’re supposed to peel it off, but that was it happening, so I rinsed it off easily.  I really can’t say I noticed much of a difference—perhaps I didn’t put enough on due to the sticky texture. My face did feel cleaner–but that’s about it. I’ll try it again another time to see if I get different results.

You can purchase it at Sephora’s and the Boscia web site for $34.00.

**UPDATE** Saw myself in a different light a few minutes later. Wow! My skin is definitely glowing :) My son said he notices the results (he’s going to make a great husband one day lol).

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