Multi-Masking

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love my face masks. I’m constantly trying out new ones to try and find the best for my skin type. Now, when I say constantly, I mean constantly. I do a face mask almost every day of the week (especially during the colder winter months). Here are the current masks I’m rotating back and forth with!

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Origins Charcoal

This mask is great at what it does, sucking all the bad stuff out of your face. However, I’m finding that it’s doing maybe too good of a job. I broke out like crazy from this mask but I kept using it. I figured that it was just detoxing my skin and after a month or so it would start to clear up. No such luck. I think I’m going to start using this as my nighttime spot treatment instead of using it as an all over face mask. Any tips out there I should be taking into account with this mask? I hear nothing but good things but my goodness my skin is NOT liking it!

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GlamGlow Thirstymud

Any of GlamGlow’s products have always been my ultimate go-to. I have tried three or four of their masks in the past and I never have any problems with them. I cannot rave about these enough. I always follow the Origins Charcoal mask, the next day, with this mask to really moisturize my face. It smells so amazing and works like a dream! I love it. My skin is so soft and smooth the next day.

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Fresh Rose Face Mask

This is a newer mask for me but I have worked it into my mix of masks throughout the week. This mask supposedly moisturizes and tightens the face. I see both of those claims after using it. I love this mask as well. I could do without the potent smell but, beggars can’t be choosers!

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Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

This isn’t exactly a mask but I thought I’d bring it up anyways because I use this once a week for about a year now. I can’t imagine not using it now! These charcoal pore strips work like magic! Buh-bye nasty blackheads!

(Pictured above is the Origins Charcoal Mask as a spot treatment, Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip on my nose, and the Fresh Rose Face Mask on the majority of my face.)

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found a new mask you’d like to try. As I said, I’m always looking for new masks to try out so comment below some of your favorites!

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Winter Beauty Essentials

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Midwestern winters are no joke! Needing to up your moisturizing routine is an understatement. I’ll take you through some of my intense winter essential products to help me get through the bitter cold.

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Lush Retread

You know I love this conditioner, I use it every time I’m about to wash my hair. I coat the lower half of my hair with this conditioner and leave it in for about 20-30 minutes. My hair sure appreciates it in these bitter cold months!

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Argan Oil

I always use this oil after washing my hair; however, in the winter I like to use it every day on the ends of my hair. It’s a great leave in conditioner. In the winter, my hair drinks it up like it’s nothing! Highly recommend!

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Glam Glow ThirstyMud

This is a new purchase and I’m loving it. I use a mask about every day and I love this for an intense moisturizing mask. My skin glows the next morning after using this and the smell is to die for!

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Carmex

Literally the only thing that can save my lips in the winter. EOS and Chapstick just doesn’t compare!

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Vaseline

A great life-saver to those who need an intense concentration of moisture for their hands, elbows, or feet. I like lathering up my feet and then slipping on some fuzzy socks!

What are your winter go-to products? Leave a comment below!

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My Pamper Routine

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Friday seemed like the perfect day to write this post so everyone can find at least an hour this weekend to pamper themselves. You don’t have to do ALL of these things, but I do recommend taking some time once a week and doing SOME of them. Getting a little ‘me’ time in will help melt away the stresses of everyday life. Keep reading to find out what I like to do every week to pamper myself a bit. Because YOU’RE WORTH IT 🙂

Remove Makeup and Get Into Comfy Clothes – Goes without saying that after I get home from a busy week at work I immediately shed my clothes at the door and swap them out for oversized comfy clothes.

Grab a Glass of Wine (or drink of your choice) – I prefer wine to help me relax but the decision is totally up to you!

Pluck Pesky Eyebrow Hairs – Once I’m comfy and have my wine I like to start getting down to business. Get rid of the annoying little brow hairs that may have popped up during the week always gives me a sense of satisfaction (anyone else?).

Apply Your Favorite Face Mask – After plucking and cleansing my face, I like to put a face mask on. Most of the time I’ll multi-mask. I have been trying out the Lush Mask of Magnaminty (stay tuned to hear my thoughts) so I’ll put that all over my face besides my nose. On my nose I’ll opt for a pore strip.

Apply Your Favorite Hair Mask – Multi-masking doesn’t just stop at the face! I’ll pop in a hair mask as well. (I actually do a hair mask before EVERY time I wash my hair, just to keep my hair from looking dull and dead.) Lush’s Retread hair mask/conditioner has been doing wonders for my hair. Honestly, I have had a couple people ask me what I’m doing differently with my hair.

Nice Hot Shower / Bath – Once I’ve left all my masks on for their allotted time (I normally go for about 30 minutes), I’ll jump in the shower. I’m not a bath girl, never have been and never will be. When I’m in the shower I’ll shave my legs, among doing all the other usual shower essentials. Trust me, you’ll want to shave too for the end results….

Moisturize – Such an important step that I NEVER forget. Especially after shaving my legs, I’ll make sure I use a basic lotion before I go in with my self-tanning lotion (to avoid irritation).

At Home Manicure – I like to keep up with my nails, even if I decide not to add a new coat of polish on that week. I like to go in and clean up my cuticles. For some reason, my cuticles get so dry and out of control if I don’t keep up on them. So I like to clean them up and then add a bit of coconut oil to them for moisture.

Vaseline to the Rescue – After my nails are dry, I like to apply a decent amount of Vaseline on my feet and slip on some comfy socks! My feet feel baby soft the next morning!

Freshen Up the Bed Sheets – Remember when I told you to shave your legs? Now you get it, don’t you? You’re welcome. 🙂

Relax – Light a candle, curl up in bed, read a book, and just relax!

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Lush Mini Haul

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This weekend, after a great recommendation, I stopped in at my local Lush store FOR THE FIRST TIME. I know, I know. What took me so long? I’m not sure either. I was probably worried that I would get addicted; and it’s safe to say, that I am now officially addicted! I’ve been needing a great cruelty free hair and face mask for a while now. Plus, the fact that they use 100% recycled product for their packaging really makes me happy. I can already tell this is a brand I’m totally on board with.

I’ve seen a lot of people rave about the Mask of Magnaminty and thought I would give it a try! It smells amazing to the point where I have to tell myself that I shouldn’t eat it haha. What drew me to this mask is the fact that it’s deep cleaning and exfoliating. I do have a Clarisonic but haven’t gotten around to ordering a new brush head for it; so, I was in need of a good exfoliating mask. I reach for my Glam Glow Powermud mask about once a week, if not more. However, it doesn’t exfoliate my skin as well as my Clarisonic and definitely doesn’t work as well as the Mask of Magnaminty. I tried the Mask of Magnaminty for the first time last night and fell in love! I’m going to keep using it for the next couple weeks and update you all on my thoughts!

My hair definitely could use a good trim as I haven’t been to the salon in a couple months; but, I wanted to get a good conditioning mask to give my hair a fighting chance before taking scissors to it! I opted towards something so conditioning that it is an actual conditioner, Lush’s Retread conditioner to be exact! What I like to do is wet the ends of my hair with lukewarm water to open up my hairs cuticles and make sure the mask is being used to its full potential. Then I’ll take a decent amount and apply it to my ends (never going past the middle of my hair). I like to leave the product in for about 15 minutes before washing it out in the shower. I tried this mask out for the first time last night as well and was EXTREMLY impressed! I didn’t have much hope for my dead ends but this really put life back into my hair in just one use. I will be continuing to try this out as well for the next couple of weeks and let you know my thoughts!

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