Montagne Jeunesse Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

20150406_214727Montagne Jeunesse Cucumber Peel-Off Mask – this purifying peel-off mask is made with aromatherapy anti-stress oils and is specially formulated for problematic skin and targets the t-zone. It unclogs pores, removes impurities and dead cells as it cleanses and revives the skin. It has a pleasant (not very overpowering) cucumber scent and it is best to apply the entire contents of the pouch and allow it to completely dry. This will ensure that the mask will more or less peel off as a single sheet.

How to Use: Cleanse face and dry. Apply thinly and evenly over face and neck with fingertips, avoiding eyes, lips and hairline. Wait 10-20 minutes or when mask has totally dried. Gently peel off masque and wash off any remaining pieces/Rinse face with warm with water. Pat dry. Use weekly.

Main Ingredients:  Cucumber, Jasmine, Vitamin E

Where to Purchase: Walmart, Ulta, Weiss Supermarket, and other retailers.

Price: $1.50 – $1.99

Montagne Jeunesse’s products are vegetarian approved and are not tested on animals. 

Made in the United Kingdom


Review: The Sally Hansen #CSMTKO Knock Out VoxBox – Influenster’14

I received the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Total Knock Out  (CSMTKO) VoxBox for review and I love them. I have been a fan of the Complete Salon Manicure for a while and already had a few in my collection. This VoxBox contained a trio of polishes Pat on the Black (blackened purple), Red My Lips (bright red) & Jaded (mint green).
SHCSM claims 5 advantages over other brands:
(1)The Color Coverage  (2) Speed of application (3) Streak free application (4) The brush (5) Saving time.

I would agree with 1,2, 4 & 5. I had streaking with only one coat and had to do two for Pat on the Black and three for Red My Lips (this had more of a gel polish finish).

In conjunction with the brush which is pretty good, there are 7 additional benefits: (1) Base coat (2) Strengthener (3) Growth treatment (4) Color (5) Top coat  (6) Chip Resistant  and (7) Gel Shine Finish. I would agree with these claims I did’t need a base or top coat (no nail stains), it was chip resistant  and didn’t peel either (wore mine for 5 days), and  the shine is pretty good. Overall this is both a worthwhile investment and addition to any makeup collection. The SH CSM are available everywhere grocery store, drugstores, big chain retailers and online and retails between $5.99 and $8.99. Most of the ones I have I got on sale from Walgreens and CVS (about $2.50 each).


20140113_155544-1                                                                                                        Pat on the Black 

20140121_083029-1Red My Lips

20140121_183210-1My other Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes.


Review: BlackOpal Total Coverage Concealing Foundation

I purchased this on a whim a few months ago and I couldn’t be any happier. This is my first time using Black Opal. I have seen it for years but somehow was never inclined to buy. 
The Total Coverage Concealing foundation retails for $9.50 and I got it from The shade is #07 Beautiful Bronze and although online is looked like a match it turned out to be a bit too red for me to use as an all over foundation. I use it as a under-eye and spot concealer and it works wonders. I use this everyday and never never leave home without it. If I’m not doing a full face, I just conceal and use my MAC MSF to smooth everything out. Seeing by its name using it as either a foundation or concealer is okay. I have no complaints and really like it. Once blended is dries to a powder and sets giving a matte finish more or less all day long. I will try this foundation again but in Hazelnut ( I wish I could test a bunch without buying them first).

“Developed by a dermatologist. This hypoallergenic, 2-in-1 product is part-concealer, part-foundation and infused with skin-protecting minerals. Maximum coverage.” Description courtesy of

Black Opal products can be found everywhere but I like buying from especially when there is a store-wide coupon.

Celebrate Mom for $25 or less on Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day is fast approaching many of us are either scrambling to get the perfect gift (no matter the cost) or are restricted to a budget. If you are in the latter group read on, here I’ll share with you how to make your mom feel super special on a very tight budget. Psst… You don’t have to tell her it only cost you $25.
I personally like small kits and often will get something Burt’s Bees, whose mom does not like Burt’s Bees. Its a little bit of pampering at an affordable price. Most times I prefer to shop at they always have sales and coupons  plus shipping is free with any purchase of $25 or more.However, if you are pressed for time head out to the drugstore. They usually stock the same things items and a lot more.

                          Burt’s Bees Head to Toe Kit $12.99


Burt’s Bees Essential Burt’s Bees Kit $9.99

One can never go wrong with a box of chocolate ($4.99 – $9.99 online and at most retailers).

And to round off the $25 don’t forget to get her a bouquet of fresh cut flowers for $4.99 from your local grocery store. They always have an amazing selection at very, very affordable prices. I always get my mom flowers from either Shoppers, Giant Food or Trader Joe’s (image courtesy of

If all else fails a $25 e-gift cards or the actual ones sold everywhere will be just as good, you can get her one to Target, Walmart, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Sephora, Ulta and the list goes on.

So whatever you get your mom for Mother’s day and even if you can’t get her anything tell her you love her. It is always the thought that counts and the smallest tokens are often the most sincere. One other idea for those of you who are into arts and crafts to make mom a scrap book with a picture from each year of your life. This will most definitely put a smile on her face. Stop by the Dollar Store for supplies even albums/scrapbooks and print the pics on regular paper to save a bit more.
This blog post is an entry for NerdWallet’s Mother’s Day Your Way Contest

The first three images are courtesy of

Maybelline Limited Edition Fall 24hr Color Tattoos

I actually found all four at the same time on my second drugstore stop. After seeing these on Instgram (which I am now obsessed with) I stopped at two Walgreens and found them at the second one.
These are four limited edition color tattoos in the Maybelline Fall collection. I someone posted four more pastel spring like colors and said these were also apart of the collection but they are too bright for Fall in my opinion. Still I haven’t come across them but below are the ones I got. These are about 50cents more than the permanent tattoos.
#100 Barely Beige, #300 Gold Shimmer
#400 Rich Mahogany and #200 Mossy Green

Aren’t these gorgeous Rich Mahogny is a exact match for my eye lid color. Barely Beige is a slightly more shimmery version of MACs Painterly paint pot, Gold Shimmer is a much more deeper, richer, warmer gold compared to the permanent Bold Gold and Mossy Green is a very nice warm golden green.

July Haul

I’m trying to be good I didn’t get much this month.
$5.50 from a blog sale 

Sephora – Korres toner ($20), Soap & Glory blemish fighting gel ($18), Sephora prism eyeshadow ($5) & sharpener ($2), Nails Inc Polish ($5),  Soap & Glory deluxe body butter (free).

And I also got 3 Sinful Colors polishes from Walgreens (@ 99cents each), two L’Oreal Shadows (BOGO 1/2 plus $4 in coupons).

June Highlights

I can’t believe June is already over!!!! Here a just a few of the things I got over the month (I got some of the new L’Oreal summer shadows but I can’t find the pics). This month, I mainly tried to use makeup that I already had but couldn’t resist the Lily Cole cubes or some L’Oreal shadows and of course I bought way too much nail polish. My nail polish hauling included Sally Hansen (below), Barielle (below), Milani (here) and Deborah   Lippmann (swatches in a July post). 

From the CVS Sale – scored these with coupons and sale for $9.00. I finally got Sally Hansen’s Gray by Gray 🙂

Scored the latest The Body Shop treat LE Lily Cole Shimmer Cubes for $1.45 see my review and two looks here, here, & here 🙂

My first Barielle polishes from Haute Look

Creamy Taupe Comparisons

Note: Images lost due to a Google bug will retake and repost swatches.
Looking through my stash I wondered how similar these three taupe shadows were to each other. These are the three taupe in pot shadows that I use on a regular basis.
                            Maybelline Bad to the Bronze, MUFE Aqua Cream #15, and Loreal Bronzed Taupe
In this shot they all look more or less the same

In these two latter pics the MUFE #15 has a bit more of a gold finish to it and the Bad to the Bronze a bit more frostier (I think).

Collective Haul

A little collective haul from February.

                   Coastal Scents- Brushes $1 – $2 except for the 1st brush $6.99

Rite Aid – Borghese Rapido Nail Polish 50% off ($2 each) 

                    Blog sale- OPI Jade is the New Black and MAC Frollickin Paint Pot

Blog sale- Rock and Republic gloss and MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask

Haute Look – Crown Dual End concealer brush and HD brush set