May: Sparkle or Dull?

I love the variety of products in the beauty market today….so many options for everyone! Lately there have been so many beauty trends popping up….some intrigue me while others make me say to myself “WTF.”

One WTF product….this charcoal mask thing….which meant I just HAD to investigate!

PRODUCT #1: Beautycounter Balancing Facial Mask

I’m not a stranger to activated charcoal….those of you who follow me on social media know I love using activated charcoal capsules to help whiten my teeth, so when the charcoal mask started popping up everywhere I decided to do a little research.

For my readers who are unfamiliar with activated charcoal, it is created when charcoal and oxygen is combined. I know what you are thinking…..”I grill with that stuff!” Yes, you do, but activated charcoal is a little different than that used to blacken a hot dog. How does it help your skin? It draws out the impurities in your skin, such as dirt, oil, and other substances that clog pores. In addition to helping you obtain flawless skin, it helps fight acne.

Right when the charcoal mask trend started, I ran across a funny youtube video shared by a friend on Facebook. After watching it (it was funny, but definitely eye opening..I shared it below), I did a little research on these peel off masks because I was horrified and not interested in trying something that was ripping off layers of my skin….I knew those weren’t right for me. I wanted something safer and gentler on my skin.

It was like the makeup gods knew because a friend of mine from high school, Bri, reached out to me around the same time asking if I had ever tried any products from Beautycounter. I didn’t know much about the company, but after doing a little research I was definitely anxious to try some out. Beautycounter is a certified B corporation (one of only 900 in the world) which means that they are focused on using their business for the good of the environment. They avoid the banned chemicals and ingredients that are found in many beauty products, making their products safer for you, your health, and your body. I was thankful Bri also shared with me the “Never” list….a list of ingredients to avoid in products…it was definitely eye opening.

After reading the horror stories of the peel off masks, I was a little timid to try the charcoal mask from Beautycounter, but I quickly realized this mask was the consistency of the masks I am used to…and one that required me to use a warm wet washcloth to remove. No peeling off layers of my skin here! After 10 minutes I removed the mask and was very pleased. My skin felt soft and refreshed, and I had zero redness or drying, like some masks. I love love love it and think it is a must have.

FINAL VERDICT: SPARKLE!!!!!

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PRODUCT #2: Real Her Lip Kit

We know I love me some lipstick…it’s such an intense love! No one knows this better than my mom, who, unlike me, isn’t as crazy when it comes to lip colors. Recently she gave me the Deep Red lip kit from Real Her, a brand I was completely unfamiliar with but excited to try. When I saw the lipstick said “I am tough” I felt like I was connecting with my soulmate brand.

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I love a bold red lip!

Much like Beautycounter, Real Her is all about doing good. From their website: “RealHer was founded on the idea that, with each application, it can help to inspire the wearer: to be herself, to love herself, to be powerful, to rule the world. It doesn’t ask us to be perfect, to be a mother, to be a CEO, to be the perfect beautiful doll, but rather invites us to continue being ourselves, and that which defines us as an individual—and it’s liberating.” You know I’m all about women feeling powerful in their own bodies and strong, so the mission of this company was totally something I was into. Real Her also donates 20% of all gross profits to the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The lip kit, which can also be purchased in Nude or Pink, includes a lip liner, matte lipstick, and a plumping lip gloss. I’ve never be a huge fan of plumping glosses….maybe it is because I naturally have fatter lips and don’t feel like they work the best for me. I tried both with the liner on separate occasions and absolutely loved the liner and lipstick combo. The plumping gloss, like many others, was ok, but not something I would probably use unless I had no other lipstick option. I didn’t feel like my lips were plumper, but I am most likely the wrong person to let you know about that feature. The color and quality of the products were great….they stayed on for a long time without reapplication, and the color was FIERCE.

FINAL VERDICT: SPARKLE! Even with the plumping gloss I still would buy this product…it’s a great value, long lasting, and beautiful!

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I always love a month with lots of sparkle! Here’s hoping June produces some exciting products, too!

sparkleon

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