Face Masks 101

Hello my pretty berries,

I thought I would talk to you about face masks. I’m not much of a professional when it comes to skincare but this is just how I do it and it’s been working fine for me. Basically, face masks comes in a gamut of brands that does different things, looks differently, smells differently and feels differently. There are even mask that comes in a creamy/lotion form or powder form or facial sheets. I guess my point is that the choices are endless with different purposes. The most important part in this process is how you prep your face prior to applying the face mask. For me, I like to give my face a really good scrub (I will talk about different kind of face scrubs in another blog) in order to remove all the dead skin and helps the masks to perform better. Then, if I have the extra time, I would grab some simmering water and put it in a bowl large enough that I can put my face over it . This will allow to open up my pores, again, to further help the face mask perform and I get the most benefit this way. Sometimes, I would put in green tea bags or those tablets that you can buy at Lush which are amazing!

Just click on the pictures to see where you can buy these face masks.

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I like all the Freeman face masks line but this one is my absolute favourite. Not just because it smells like chocolate heaven but it actually brighten your face and minimizes your pores. I’ve had this for a while now and I’m just halfway though the tube so I mean it’s a really good buy and it’s a drugstore product so it’s easy to find.

 

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I gotta tell you that your face will feel really minty and refresh overtime you use it. I believe I got mine at Sally’s when I was down in the U.S. probably 1.5 years ago and I still have more than half the tub left and I use this at least once a week. It does have a greenish colour that may be a bit unpleasant at first but after a while I don’t mind it anymore. As for the smell, it doesn’t really smell anything specific but I guess if I would describe it, I would say it smells like minty clay?

 

 

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St. Ive’s products are very affordable and can easily be found in any drugstores. I’ve used many of their products but I’ve used the “Timeless Skin” mask the longest and I have an extra one as a back up because I’m scared I will run out of it. It extracts all the gunk out of your face and leaves you with baby soft skin; what else can you ask for!?

 

 

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I am a true believer of this brand and I swear by all their skincare too I just wish that I don’t have to always order it online because shipping cost too much after a while. I am trying to save it so I only have to use it when my skin is really bad or breaking out or when I have a party to go to because it’s not as easy to get compared to my drugstore products. Anyhow, the product itself is amazing to my skin and the kaolin clay in it helps to draw out all the impurities and nourishes your face at the same time. I love love love love this! If there’s one thing you would want to get then I highly suggest you get this mask. Plus, it’s an organic product (the whole company focuses on organic products) which means that they don’t use any preservatives or other additives that are unnecessary or will irritate your skin. Okay, I can go on and on and on so I will just stop here and possibly do a big haul when I make a re-order of some of the products I love from Michael Todd.

 

 

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This is a more recent discovery but I already love it. I mainly got this because it was getting really cold and my skin is getting really dry (more dry than it already is) so I panicked and went on a hunt for some moisturizing mask because all my masks are pretty much meant for drawing out impurities out of your skin and they all make my skin a bit dry after I use them. I went to the Body Shop because they had a buy 2 get 1 free sale so of course I was all over that deal and I pretty much got this baby for free! I tried this that night and it immediately replenished my skin, it feels like my skin got a boost of moisture so the next time I tried it I put it on my face as per usual and then I slept with the mask on (it does dry to a point that it is comfortable to sleep with it) and I woke up with softer skin than I’ve ever had. All in all, I would recommend applying a thin layer of it on your face and neck and sleeping with it to get the most benefit that you can get.

 

That is all from me today my pretty berries, I hope you enjoyed my post and don’t forget to comment and like =)

-Joy

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Best of e.l.f make-up brushes

Hello my pretty berries,

Before we get started I wanted to mention that the brushes that I will talk about are the ones that I have tried and can honestly say that I love. I have already talked a little bit about e.l.f. cosmetics in my previous post. As you can tell, I am a big fan of their products and that includes their make-up brushes.

 

FACE BRUSHES:

e.l.f. Studio Kabuki Face Brush85011_kabuki-face-brush_900

It’s a synthetic bristle which is VERY soft and great for setting your make-up. I had mine for probably 2 years now and it’s still working very well and it hasn’t shed on me either.

 

e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush & e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush84025_900px_100011 84015_900px_100011

I friggin love both of these brushes! I use this for foundations, concealers, cream blushes, cream bronzers, etc. There are so much uses for something that cost $3.00 each.

 

e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush11181_84002_A_900px_deptImg.jpg._deptImg

Great for setting your make-up and sometimes I would use this for bronzer if I want a bit of an overall glow without the intense contouring.

 

e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush11182_84003_A_900px_deptImg.jpg._deptImg

I’ve tried using this for both liquid and powder foundations in which they both apply really even on my face. It doesn’t get streaky either.

 

e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush11515R

I actually prefer to using this for applying highlighters because I think it’s a bit to tiny for my face if I use this to apply blush.

 

e.l.f. Studio Angled Blush Brush

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Another brush that I actually have a different use for which is for my bronzer. The angled part of the brush really helps with making that nice contour without it being too harsh and it makes blending easier and faster.

 

EYE BRUSHES:

e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush84013_900px_100011

Such a simple tool but I cannot believe how much I rely on this whenever I apply my eyeliners. I would say that it works great for gel eyeliner.

 

e.l.f. Essential Blending Eye Brush10100_1803_A_900px_deptImg.jpg._deptImg

Blending, blending, blending, blending is the key to beautiful eye make-ups and in order to blend you need a blending blush and this brush is the perfect size. I should buy 5 more of this. By the way, all the “Essential” line is $1.00! I mean how can you not but spares just in case the apocalypse come at least you can keep on blending your eyeshadows? HAHA

 

e.l.f. Essential Eye Crease Brush1823_100011

I like to smudge my liner with eyeshadows and this is the brush I rely on. There’s not much to say but that it’s awesome and it’s what I use as part of my make-up routine almost all the time.

 

And that’s the wrap! That’s all my current favourite make-up brushes. If you have any favourite brushes that I should check out be sure to let me know on the comments below.

Don’t forget to like and follow =)

Kisses,

Joy

 

 

 

 

Favourite e.l.f. Products

Hello my pretty berries,
 
Today, I wanted to post some of my favourite e.l.f make-up products. These are just the products that I have tried and truly loved. Not to mention that they’re also affordable.
 
If you’re new or not too familiar with e.l.f. Cosmetics, it stands for e- eye l-lips and f-face. They have all affordable make-up products and brushes that is very much ideal for people who are just starting out with make-up or simply that you just don’t want to spend too much money on make-up and brushes but still get the same awesome quality. I would say though that for some products they turn out great but others are not so great but then again for the price that you pay for you kind of need to expect that there will be some good finds and bad ones (actually it’s the same concept with higher end products too). Also, I just wanted to put it out there that I am in no way shape or form being sponsored by e.l.f. Cosmetics nor have they sent me all these products because I purchased all with my own money.
 
 
 
 
hd blush - divae.l.f hd blushes
The e.l.f hd blushes are the bomb!! It’s so pigmented and a little amount goes a loooong way. One thing I learned when I first tried these babies were to use a really light hand with a stippling brush (much like the ones they sell in e.l.f). They retail for $3.00 each and they come in many many colours. The texture is quite smooth and creamy not to mention that it stays all day on the face.
 
 
 
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Contouring blush & bronzing powder
Love these for travelling! I save space in my luggage every time I travel. As for the quality, they’re comparable to higher end blushes. They retail for $3.00 for the duo! Like come on how good of a deal is that; you just can’t pass it up.
 
 
 
blush-candid corale.l.f studio blushes
These are amazing too and it was one of my first make-up product that I ever bought so it has a special place in my heart (corny much hehehe). Anyways, They retail for $3.00 too so I mean the duo is a much better option but this is just as good of a quality too if you want more colour options.
 
 
wet gloss
Wet gloss lash & brow clear mascara
I pretty much just use this solely for setting my eyebrows. They work great and they’re $1.00!! As for the clear mascara side; I don’t really use it for my lashes but it’s the same formulation as the other side so I just use both sides for my eyebrows.
 
 
 
eyebrow-kit_darke.l.f eyebrow kit
All time eyebrow product favourite! It works great and I even use the brush that comes with it. It retails for $3.00 and it comes with a tinted wax side and a powder side. I have repurchased this kit many times which just further shows how great it is!
 
 
 
eye primerEyelid primer
This is another product that I have repurchased many times and they got different colours now which is just a bonus. They keep your eyeshadows last all day without creasing even if you have oily eyelids. This retails for $1.00!!! Come on!! Go get this if you haven’t yet.
 
 
 
shine eraserEssential shine eraser
It’s a recent purchase but I’m already liking this a lot. It keeps my oily skin at bay without ruining my make-up. It’s also $1.00 in comparison to other shine eraser sheets that costs $8.00. You just can’t beat it!
 
 
 
eyebrowse.l.f eyebrow filler & lifter
This is great if you just want to quickly fill out your eyebrows without spending too much time on it and the “lifter” part of it works great for highlighting and making your brows look more groom and clean around the edges. It retails for $3.00 so pretty much $1.50/side and it has a built in sharpener.
 
 
 
 
eyelinerEssential 3-pc liquid eyeliner set
Absolutely great for anyone starting out with make-up and you can get all three eyeliners for $3.00. I mainly use the black one and maybe the glittery ones when I go out or when there’s a special occasion. Overall, the longevity is okay and it does get a bit streaky so you have to keep drawing the line until it’s opaque enough but it’s good enough for day to day use.
 
 
 
 
That’s it for make-up related products that I have for e.l.f. Cosmetics. I was going to include my favourite e.l.f brushes too but there is just too much that I’m going to make a separate post solely focusing on their best make-up brushes. Follow me if you want to be updated on my blog posts😄
I know they have new products now so let me know in the comments sections if there are other e.l.f. products that I should try because I’m excited to do some online shopping! All of my e.l.f products are either purchased down in the United States or online because they don’t sell them here in Canada.
 
All photo credits are from www.eyelipsface.com and you can visit their website too if you want to see more of their products.
 
 
Kisses,
Joy