October Get it or Forget it

Chris

Okay, I know that this may come as a HUGE surprise to some of you… But I’ll be talking about masks. Yes, I know – you’re reeling just from the shock alone .

Nip+Fab Bee Sting Lifting Mask

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You have to admit that the names of the Nip+Fab products pull you all the way in. So I admit, when it says “bee venom” in the ingredients, I am most intrigued! Also, the fact that it was on the clearance shelf for $5 played a huge factor.

They describe the mask as: “An advanced performance gel mask combining bee venom with 3D express lifting effect technology. Wrinkles appear visibly smoother + skin feels firmer for the appearance of a more lifted facial contour”.

Okay guys, easy easy, I’m already intrigued

The mask is a thick gel that applies (to clean skin) smoothly and dries quickly. I normally leave it on for about 15 mins before rinsing and it washes off with a smooth consistency and that feeling also remains on my skin. From the first use, I noticed that there was a glow to my complexion once my face had completely air-dried. After a few uses, it appears to minimize my pores and my skin always is left feeling SO smooth and healthy! And I’m talking days to follow and with consistent use (for me – once a week) the feeling persists. Sometimes I run my hand over my skin and smile at how great it feels and looks.

This is one of my favourite masks to date, and I will DEFINITELY repurchase. The regular price doesn’t break the bank either!

This, my friends, is a GET IT!

Pixi skintreats Glow Mud Mask

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We received this mask at GenBeauty but there are so many things to go through that this is only making its GIFI appearance now.

Mud masks are my jhujh… Okay I’m still working on how to spell that non-word, but they’re my thing. I always think minimize pores and absorb oil as main results from use of a mud mask.

It is: “A purifying, glow-revealing clay mask to purify & balance skin – it’s our signature 15-minute facial!

Once I apply the mask (to clean skin) and let it dry for 15 mins and rinse, there is definitely a glow to my complexion. Added to that, it dries out any acne/blemishes almost instantly! It leaves my complexion radiant and healthy… yes the glow mud mask makes my skin glow.

This is also a GET IT!

Ash:

You will sense a theme for my GIFI posts this month. Spoiler alert: it is NOT good.  I debated reviewing these items because I realize that while I had bad reactions to both of them, everyone is different. But , I think it is important to share these sorts of experiences in case anyone else is in the same boat.

So, onward with the GIFI. It’s not pretty.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash and Scrub

I did not purchase this item this month. I did however begin using this daily for the first time this month after running out of facial scrub.

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My first beef with this product is that it is a ” problem skin” facial wash. Maybe I’m just touchy, but I really hate that wording. Oil control, skin clearing, acne-prone…all better terms in my opinion. Calling your skin a problem just makes me cringe for some reason. And for the record, I didn’t have problem skin until I used this product. Side eye.

Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash and Scrub is a gentle exfoliator which claims to provide instant resurfacing benefits while helping to control breakouts. It is said to help absorb impurities, control excess oil, and detoxify skin. It is meant to leave skin calm, refreshed and clearer looking.

The cleanser is thick and creamy with some gritty exfoliating particles.

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I find it to be a bit rich for a cleanser as it feels a bit more like a moisturizer. I would think that this kind of thick creamy cleanser would be more suited to a dry skin type. Because it is so emollient, I find that when I use it on my face, it feels oily and almost coated in product afterwards. I much prefer cleansers that leave my face with a squeaky clean feel. Also, I do not feel that there is enough” grit” in this cleanser to qualify it as a scrub.

I initially purchased the Shea Moisture Wash and Scrub for $9.99 at Target. When I first tried it, I started to break out a bit at the same time that I introduced it into my skincare routine. I had been experimenting with a few other new products so I didn’t attribute it to this. I just benched it for a while and went back to products that I know my skin loves. When I picked this up again this month, I confirmed what I had suspected. My skin developed a patch of irritated bumps on my cheek . I will spare you a picture, but these bumps have actually left my skin scarred in a small area.

I have heard people say that they have had wonderful results with the entire Shea Moisture African Black Soap line of products, so I was disappointed to confirm that I had such a negative reaction to this particular product. As a result , I will not be steering clear of the entire line.

I should also mention that I have pretty resilient skin that usually is very tolerant of new products and not overly sensitive.

If you have tried any of the other Shea Moisture African Black Soap products , please share your experience in the comments. For me it is a great big, FORGET IT!

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer

I adore Anastasia Beverley Hills concealer. It is my absolute favourite. However, I recently ran out and it is unavailable in Canada. So, I thought that it may be a good time to take another concealer for a test drive.

Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer has been a drug store favourite for years. For $6.99 it is an excellent value. Not only do you get a tube of creamy concealer, but also a little concealing pencil. This has been compared to Kat Von D tattoo concealer for its high coverage and quality.

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I was looking for an under eye concealer primarily to brighten the area. I applied the Glamoflauge as I would my beloved ABH and used a BeautyBlender to blend out. I don’t normally need to set my undereye concealer, so I didn’t.

The Glamoflauge did a great job or brightening and remaining natural without creasing or settling into fine lines.  Medium light is a great yellow toned, highly pigmented shade.

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However, not long after making the switch, I noticed that my eyes were prone to redness and irritation. This is a problem I do not usually have. I can only assume that it was a reaction to the Hard Candy Glamoflauge as since I discontinued use, I no longer have the irritated eyes.

As you can imagine, this was a sexy month for me. Nothing compliments a skin reaction quite like red , watery eyes.

Now, again I really want to stress that both negative reactions could be due to a number of factors, and that this doesn’t necessarily mean that either are bad products.

In the case of the Glamoflauge, I just would not use it around my eyes in the future. I have heard it is particularly great for camoflauging birth marks or tattoos on the body, so I put it to the test.

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I used the mini pencil:

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And then the cream concealer:

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Great results.

So,the Hard Candy Glamoflauge makes for a fantastic body concealer. I would highly recommend this to those looking to cover a marking temporarily. But, based on my experience as a undereye or face product I would have to FORGET IT.

 

 

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