This is one of my absolute FAVORITE products. This is the one thing (besides my mascara) that I always keep stocked and ready. It works so well at covering my big pores for a smooth, soft looking face. Its a creamy, lightweight formula that is super easy to cover with foundation or to wear alone for a natural look.
I love Benefit products but this is my favorite by far, I think it is worth every penny and I think it lasts a decent amount of time for the little bit it is. If you have large pores, TRY THIS OUT ASAP!! You will not regret it. 🙂
I’m SO behind on my blog posts, but anyway, here’s one from a while ago.
Makeup Forever’s Mat Velvet+ Foundation. It’s a matifying foundation (obv.), oil-free, and water resistant. This foundation wasn’t for me… I don’t know if it was the ingredients or the oils from my skin or a combination of both, but whatever the issue was it did not agree with my skin. It didn’t last NEARLY long enough for a foundation I would use and it would crease and basically melt in some spots.
With that being said, it was a very lightweight foundation and I loved how it looked right after application, which is why I think it was probably just the oil in my skin that didn’t agree with the formula.
It wasn’t extremely outrageous at Sephora, so I’m sure Ulta would probably be an even better price. I would recommend trying a sample if you have oily skin like I do because it might work better with your skin type!
Okay, if you love face masks like I do, then I KNOW you’ve seen that “miracle” black mask that looks so painful to peel off. You’re like “how could that NOT pull out these blackheads?!”. At least that was my thought process. So the mask I saw a video of ( I don’t remember the name now) I found online and it cost around $70USD, I’m all for paying more for products that work, but not when I haven’t sampled them or anything, so that was a little steep for my budget. So I looked on Pinterest for a DIY charcoal mask… Pinterest never disappoints, even if my attempts fail.
So the easiest DIY I found, was Elmer’s Glue and the powder from activated charcoal capsules. I found my charcoal caps in the isle for gas relief at CVS. I don’t remember how much they were but I want to say like $10? I still have some too, so they last a while too. Elmer’s Glue is of course in the crafts/supplies isle. I bought extra strength original glue and it works the best in my opinion. For the mask, all you do is mix some of the glue with about 1-3 caps of the activated charcoal depending how much of your face you want to cover (until it’s a paste). I applied mine with the spoon I mixed it with, but the video I found used a brush to ‘paint’ it on your face but I didn’t have a paint brush. Also be sure to avoid eyebrows/any hair you don’t want removed. The mask is extremely strong. If you get some in your hair or eyebrows, just take hot water over it before it starts to dry and it’ll come off without removing hair 🙂 *** BE CAREFUL WITH THE CHARCOAL! IT WILL STAIN CLOTHES! *** The paste is really cold, so if there was a way to warm it up some to open your pores, I bet it would work even better, but I’m not sure what would work for that.
Once you have a paste, apply it all over your face or to the area you want. Make sure to connect all of the paste so that it is easier to peel. It dries fairly quick, but you have to be sure not to move the mask or it cracks. You’ll be able to feel once it’s dry and hard/smooth to touch. I’d say it probably took like 10 minutes for my whole face to dry. Once the mask you can begin to peel it off. I think it’s easier to start at the bottom but as long as you are pulling up/out on the mask, I don’t think it would make a huge difference. Most of the mask comes off in one piece or at least a few big pieces but there might be some small spots that you’ll have to wash off with hot water.
Given that this is a DIY and not the $70 mask, I’m sure the homemade mask lacks obvious benefits. However, when I removed my mask, I’ve always been able to see some of the dirt/blackheads it has pulled out. It also leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth. I could only imagine how the real mask works, but I don’t think I can convince myself to spend $70 on one product… I only use this mask a couple times a month due to it being SO strong, but I have no basis to stop you from using it as much as you’d like. Give it a try if you’re curious like I was! 🙂
So this post is coming from a curiosity about something I saw on Facebook. It was a home remedies video from a lady and she had a few different DIY’s in the video. The one that caught my eye was she put Pepto Bismol on her nose, I couldn’t tell whether it was for blackheads or pores, but her nose did look clearer in the after shot. i thought that would be awesome if it really worked. I mean, who doesn’t have Pepto sitting around? All she did was ‘paint’ Pepto onto her nose and let it dry, then rinsed.
Well, I decided to try it tonight. I HATE the smell of Pepto, but I figured if it worked then I’d deal with it. I was a little nervous to try it because a few comments I read about the Pepto hack mentioned staining your face and my face is already red enough.
I ran my bottle of Pepto under warm water to warm the Pepto up before I applied it to my face. This is optional but I thought it might help. I applied the Pepto to my nose and cheeks, since I didn’t know if it was intended to get rid of blackheads or shrink pores. My nose is awful for blackheads and my cheeks have really big pores.
I know everything on Facebook is supposed to be true, but this did nothing for either problems. It did however totally leave my cheeks/nose feeling super soft and tightened. I don’t know if this is something you need to do more than once or what, but after one use it did nothing for my skin. However, it also didn’t stain or leave my skin smelling like pepto bismol (yay!).
This is a different type of lipstick, it can ask be used for cheeks (which I’ve never tested). It’s a pencil instead of a typical stick.
This is also a brown nude color. I like the way it goes on and the texture of the product, but I’m not huge on the color (for me). I want to love dark lip colors but I just don’t know how to rock them yet. I’m working on that ;).
Anyway, this is another lipstick that was included in the nude lips thing I bought from Sephora. I’ve never tried another Laura Mercier product, so this was a decent first experience with the brand.
(also, ignore my green face mask, didn’t plan on trying lipsticks until after 🙃).
The color is Crème Smooth, since the picture is a little blurry. It’s more of a brown nude color. It is definitely a smooth lipstick, creamy formula and it went on easy.
I think I would like this lipstick more if the color was matte and not shiny. I just don’t know how to wear brown lipsticks but maybe I’ll figure it out this fall? Hopefully anyway, I love nude colors!
Marc Jacobs Lip Liner & NARS Lipstick: I LOVE THIS COMBO!!
These are now my everyday go to lip color, and I was one of the people who thought they’d never use a lip liner. I love everything about the Marc Jacobs lip liner.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this lipstick. I SO understand why everyone loves NARS lipstick now. The color, the formula, the smooth application, everything! It does have a funny smell though, not that that is a major concern. When these two products are used together, I just can’t even explain, so here’s a picture ;).