Birthday Haul [365 to 40]

I picked up a few things for my birthday from Sephora in late March. Mainly to claim the yearly birthday gift before the month ended. I haven’t shopped much at Sephora over the past two years since I discovered Ulta and the Dermstore.

Haul included:
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer – I love a glossy lip and wanted to try at least one Rhinna created product. This universal shade is so pretty and definitely work appropriate.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Mini Mask Sampler Set – I have been eyeing the Kiehls mask individually for quite a while now but didn’t want to spend a lot for such large jars.  This sampler set is perfect and each 0.5oz jar provides enough for a few routines. I just bought this last week of March and it is now no longer on the site.
Set includes Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask & Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask. The prices do vary from $32 to $54.

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I also claimed a few rewards:
250 pt perk – The Ole Henriksen The Bestsellers -Truth Serum, Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, Invigorating Night Transformation Gel and Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser.

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500 pt perk – Fresh Mini Mask Bar – Soy face cleanser, Umbrian clay purifying mask, Lotus youth preserve rescue mask and Rose face mask. Each mask retails for $25 – $58.

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Bite Beauty Bite Lip Set (Birthday Gift)- Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub.

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100pt perk – Kiehl’s Since 1851 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C trial size – 0.17 oz/ 5 mL. The full size of this retails for $62 – $104.

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Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask – Review


“Not your ordinary mask, this clay mask removes excess dirt and oil from the skin caused by makeup, environmental toxins, and everyday contaminants. Kaolin Clay helps pull dirt and oil to the surface, offering a deep cleanse that leaves skin clean and clear. Added Hibiscus and Cranberry Fibers make this mask unique, providing an extra layer of skin exfoliation, leaving skin feeling and looking smoother, and softer. This Detoxifying Clay Mask reverses and clears away skin damage, giving you stronger, firmer and healthier skin.”  The Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask retails for $35 (1.18 oz bottle) on or

Key Benefits:
* Draws out dirt, oil & other skin impurities
* Improves skin tone & texture
* Leaves skin feeling instantly smoother & refreshed
* Enlarged pores will be reduced
* Firmer & more strengthened skin
* Clearer skin with less breakouts

How To Use: Generously apply on face carefully avoiding the eye area. Leave on your skin for 15-20 minutes or until mask dries. Wipe it off with a damp cloth soaked in warm water. As the mask has natural fibers use circular motions to remove the mask helping to slough off dead skin and exfoliate.

Key Ingredients:
Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

Plant Stem CellsNaturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.

Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.

Full Ingredient ListDeionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Kaolin clay, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Hibiscus Fibers, Cranberry Fibers, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Cranberry Fragrance, Haematococcus Pluvialis extract (Astaxanthin), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Wildcrafted Panax Ginseng, Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry extract), Organic Viola Tricolor (Violet), Wildcrafted Prunus Virginiana (Wild Cherry), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Organic Rheum Palmatum (Rhubarb), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Tocopherol.


My Thoughts: This mask smells delicious. The ingredient list shows quite a few berry extracts and oils that all contribute to its amazing smell.  This clay mask serves a dual purpose (1) As a detoxifying and cleansing clay mask. Nail in clay contains high amounts silica, which is useful in removing dead skin, it pulls out oils and other toxins, purifying and moisturizing the skin. (2) As an exfoliator. Massing in circular motions while applying and removing the mask also helps to remove dry, dead flaky skin.

I am a big fan of clay masks and this one was pleasant to use. The only minor issue was that the oils had separated from the clay and it had to be mixed. In addition to the amazing smell I like that the product had a soft pudding like consistency unlike the typical hard/more firm clay masks. Overall, I enjoyed using this mask.


Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.  My Amazon review name is BEATS.

Zakia’s Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask

Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask – A weekly mask with natural and organic clay from deep inside the Ancient Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect skin treatment for cleaning, detoxifying, toning and rejuvenating. A facial mask treatment made from Ghassoul clay can be relaxing and give your skin a new healthy glow. Ghassoul clay’s most impressive properties in skin improvement are its capacity of absorption and adsorption due to its high level of ion exchange. Ghassoul is a mineral rich, light brown clay that blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin a smooth and delightful experience. Use on skin and hair – it even makes for a fabulous shampoo; mix a small amount of powder in your favorite shampoo – wash and rinse. Super cleansing!”

PhotoGrid_1432865336311Ghassoul Clay (GC)is a natural mineral clay mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco as early as the eighth century. GC contains silica, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, lithium, and trace elements (essential for the proper growth, development, and physiology of an organism). It has been used by Moroccan women for centuries for skin and hair care needs. This mask retails for $19.99 for 8 oz and is made with No mineral oils or parabens and is not tested on animals.

Benefits of GC:
=> Softens the skin
=> Reduces sebum (oil) secretion
=> Regeneratesthe skin by removing dead cells
=> Rebalances the skin by tightening pores.
=> Prevents dandruff and rebalancing of the scalp.

Skin Care:
Face and body mask – mix 1 tablespoon of GC with 5 tablespoons of water to the consitency of thin batter; apply to face or body until dry (10-15 minutes); rinse with lukewarm water.

Hair Care:
Hair mask – prepare a 1:5 mixture; rub gently into scalp and hair; leave for 5-10 minutes; shampoo with favorite shampoo and rinse.
Deep Cleaning Shampoo – add shampoo to palm; add equal amount of GC; rub together and shampoo hair; rinse.

My thoughts: I like this clay mask and I leave it on for about 20 – 30 minutes. After 20 minutes I can see the sections of my face where oil is produced and the size of my pores producing hte oil. My pores are HUGE!!! and I don’t just have the typical T-zone of oil. My entire face is oily except for my jaw. The largest pores are on my forehead, highest points of my cheeks, chin and nose. I am happy to have it as a part of my beauty routine.

Learn About the Brand:
Zakia’s Morocco was created by the co-founder, Zakia Mejdoubi-Haman. Zakia has always sought natural products and knew the unique benefits Ghassoul Clay. Zakia works with superior quality craftsmen to provide products that are safe to use, safe for the environment and even provide social benefits. 
 Disclaimer: These products received from Zakia’s Morocco and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, image, benefits and ingredients were adapted or taken from information provided by Zakia’s Morocco.

Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask an effective and potent natural acne treatment mask  is developed by goPURE Naturals. goPURE Naturals was started by Erin Keyan who after becoming a mother was shocked to discover how many products contain toxic and dangerous chemical ingredients. She formulated goPURE Naturals with the goal of developing a brand that women can trust to contain only the purest and natural ingredients, while making them look and feel their best. This mud  mask is produced in small batches to ensure freshness.
ADOVIA is a unique skin care line that combines natural ingredients including minerals and herbs with modern science. The key ingredient, the mud is gathered from The Dead Sea. Other natural ingredients apart from the mud, herbs and minerals include beeswax and a mixture of oils such as Jojoba, Peach, Sunflower, Madarin Orange, Evening Primrose and Olive oils. This mask claims to boost cell renewal and revitalizes ones skin while tightening pores and is suitable for all skin types. Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask currently retails for $14.95 – $29.00 plus free shipping and can be purchased from Amazon.

 Other Key Benefits:
• Pulls out toxins and unclogs pores, excess oil.
• Naturally rejuvinates skin .
• 100% natural, paraben, fragrance and color free.
• Improves complexion by reducing blackheads, the appearance of acne and subsequent blemishes.
• Supplies nutrients to maintain elasticity and a soft, even texture.
• Helps with Oily Skin, Acne Treatment, Blackheads, Blemishes, Psoriasis, Eczema
How to use: Apply a thin layer onto clean skin and leave for 10-20 minutes or until mask dries. Rinse with lukewarm water. For best results use at least once a week.

20150510_213243~2The ingredients are pretty straight forward with the following  key active ingredients: 

Dead Sea Mud – packed with over 26 minerals essential for skin health by removing toxins and pore clogging particles.
Aloe Vera –  to prevent overdrying of skin and the retention of natural moisture levels.
Vitamin C – for improving overall skin complexion and smoothness
My thoughts: This was a pleasant mask. I like mud masks that are in a tube vs a tub. I have used this a few times and have allowed it to dry for various times e.g. 10, 15, 20 and 30mins. It does not dry as other mud masks that dry out and crack with any facial movement. I think this reason is the six (6) oils that are included. These oils are both  moisturizing and nourishing. 
goPURE Naturals develops the purest and most effetive products possible while using 100% natural and organic ingredients. Made in Israel and is not tested on animals. Each mask has a specific expiration date for this one 03/18.
Disclaimer: These products received from goPURE Naturals and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, benefits and ingredients were adapted from information provided by goPURE Naturals.

Freeman Acai Purifying Clay Mask Review

20150226_231656~220150226_231710~220150226_231733~2The Acai Purifying Clay Mask is just one of many in my Freeman mask collection. I enjoy clay masks and this one did not disappoint. It dries but not as hard as other clay based masks. It is antioxidant rich mix of fruits and berries is great for those days/evenings when you just want to do a mask. My skin felt great afterwards and I have used this about five times now. I would definitely repurchase. 
Retails anywhere from $3.39 to $5.46 and can be found at primarily at Walgreens (store and online), Walmart, rite Aid, Ulta, and other sellers of drugstore type merchandise.