REVIEW: Hyaluronic Acid Brighting Jelly Mask

If there’s one beauty product I love to test, try, and sometimes splurge on, it’s definitely a face mask. Applying a face mask is one of those small things I do at the end of the day that is completely rejuvenating and makes me feel feminine and pampered.

Because we’ve been dealing with some pretty intense, dry heat here in san Diego, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect hydrating mask. I read a few articles about hyaluronic acid and its many hydrating benefits. If you aren’t familiar with the stuff, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin. We are born with large amounts — that’s why babies have that beautiful, soft, sweet skin — but as we age we lose it.

When applied to the skin, hyaluronic acid increases hydration, improves elasticity and also has some benefit in protecting against UV damage. It’s also an ingredient that works across the board — every skin type, even oily, can benefit!

I recently came across this hyaluronic jelly mask on eBay. I couldn’t seem to find it here in the U.S., but was able to order it from China with no problem.

Guys, this stuff is amazing. It’s a thick, gel formula that doesn’t have much of a fragrance. You apply a generous amount all over your face and allow it to set for about thirty minutes. Wipe the excess off with a towel and that’s it! I’ve been applying it every other night for the last week and can already see noticeable results — especially around my chin, eyes, and mouth.

If you’re looking for an all around great mask for sensitive, oily, dry, or combination skin, look no further!


Review: Revlon Photoready Concealer

This is a concealer I first tried out last June to keep in my emergency makeup kit for my wedding.  I wanted a simply designed product that would be convenient to use on a whim.  This product delivered.  It’s great to keep in your purse.  If you’re out and about and need a quick touch up, it won’t let you down — it gives great coverage.

On some days I keep my makeup routine simple by applying a bit of this concealer combined with a tinted moisturizer and a light blush.  The concealer also has great under-eye coverage, which for me is an added bonus.

For under $10 it’s well worth the purchase!


What’s In My Travel Make Up Bag

Tomorrow I am leaving for a lovely ten day jaunt in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan to attend my sister-in-law’s wedding. I’m not a huge makeup girl, but I do have my essentials that go with me on every vacay and work trip. Here’s a quick peak into my travel makeup bag!

The makeup bag I use is from Isaac Mizrahi. Don’t worry, I didn’t pay full price. I scored it for $10 at T.J.Maxx.


Photo by Chely Ruvalcaba

1. bareMinerals Matte Powder Foundation and Foundation Brush – I don’t know what the heck I was using before, but every other foundation I used prior to bareMinerals pales in comparison! This stuff is light weight, gives a gorgeous natural finish, and doesn’t cake up or fall off throughout the day. I highly recommend bareMinerals, especially if you struggle with acne or clogged pores. Just make sure you clean the brush at least once a week to avoid germ build up.

2. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in “Apricot”, bareMineral’s Moxie lip gloss in “Party Starter”, Pixie Shea Butter Lip Balm in “Pixi Pink” – I have a ridiculous addiction to lip balms and glosses. The three pictured here are just a couple of the tubes of lip goodies that will be coming with me. When traveling I try to go for variety in color and finish. I think I’ve got my bases pretty well covered with these three.

3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser – While I’m pretty sure this product is specifically for under eye dark spots, the shade matches me perfectly and I use this for everything from an under eye brightener to a blemish concealer all over my face. The formula is light but still manages to cover up bright red blemishes on this pale face of mine.

4. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in “Plum Wine” and Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighting Stick – I’ve recently really been enjoying cream blushes. It’s nice when traveling to not have to lug around a separate bag of blushes. The cream formula allows for a flawless application with just my fingertips. I got this sample size of Benefit’s highlighter and I’m pleased to say it has lasted me several months. While I like the product quite a lot, I can’t justify a $30 purchase on the full size product.

5. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Liner in “Brown”, L’Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara, Revlon Cream Shadow Quad in “Not Just Nudes” – This eyeliner has been my go-to since freshman year of college. I love that it’s cheap, lasts all day and comes in a variety of colors. For mascara, while I love trying new things, I find there’s something lovely about sticking with a classic. This is a great formula, doesn’t clump, and is an all around solid mascara. I’m not a huge eye shadow wearer but I am going to a wedding, after all! This palette keeps things simple with a few neutral shades in both shimmer and matte finishes.

6. Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Blending Brush – I’ve never owned expensive makeup brushes, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that this little $4 number can give some of those double digit brushes a run for their money!

7. Brow Bar To Go – My go-to brow product for over a year now! I was fortunate to receive this one for free while attending Beauty Con. Whitening Lightning’s products can be pretty expensive, but luckily I can offer you a discount code: Get 70% off Whitening Lightening products –, use this DISCOUNT CODE: BougieBrightSmile

I’m off to finish packing!



3 Newly Discovered Uses For Coconut Oil

I’m a lady on a budget, which means I keep my beauty regime very simple.  It’s no secret that coconut oil has multiple uses and can be incorporated into a lady’s beauty routine.  Recently, I’ve tried it out in ways I haven’t before, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised!

Moisturizer.  A good facial moisturizer can get real pricey real fast.  When I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to use more natural ingredients on my skin and body.  The coconut oil was in the bathroom, so I rubbed just a tad onto my face before I applied my makeup.  I used just a touch so it didn’t leave my face heavy, and my skin soaked up the oil quickly.  It didn’t make my face oily throughout the day, either, like one might think.


Anti-frizz serum.  Usually, coconut oil is used as a hair mask, but I thought I’d experiment a bit further with this magical product.  My hair is really fine and incredibly frizzy at times.  My best hair days are the days when it isn’t freshly washed.  I applied a tad of coconut oil to my wet hair, putting very little on the part area.  I added a little more to the ends.  The oil left my hair lighter, shinier, and the ends looking healthier.

Lotion.  Again, one would think using oil would leave your skin heavy.  (And it will, if you use a lot.)  Remember, it is oil — a little goes a really long way!  It just takes a bit of time to rub it all in.  I started using coconut oil on my legs and stomach during pregnancy.  I had incredibly dry skin throughout my entire pregnancy, and this white stuff has been a godsend.  I’ve heard people using it to prevent stretch marks, as well.  I’ve put it on my stomach regularly during these last 9 months, and I don’t have any stretch marks.  However, I will say I think that’s due more to staying well-hydrated and having some good genes passed on to me.  A little added moisture, though, never hurts.