Formula 10.0.6 – Pore Strips & Mask REVIEW

Well well well.

It’s been a been a minute…  Moving and a career change have sapped ALL my attention (and money).  But now that all the boxes are unpacked and the routines have been established, I got to go:

SHOPPING!

The change in humidity is doing a NUMBER on my skin and hair.  So in my latest ULTA haul, I went a little product crazy.

The recent return to sunscreen has left my skin feeling completely “gunked up” even after it has been washed.  So I was in the market for a new mask and some pore strips, since I’ve never used them.  I’ve heard a lot of people raving about the “Pores Be Pure” mask from Formula 10.0.6 (a branch of Bonne Bell – yeah, the one with all the crazy cool chapsticks from childhood!).   Lucky for me they had a box of pore strips with two trial packets of their much raved about mask for $5.99.  Score one for me!

I started with a clean face, washed with Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Wash – a long time favorite.  Then applied the Down to the Pores Blackhead Banishing Pore Strips with Tea Tree Oil & Kaolin.  I’ll admit, the Tea Tree Oil smell was quite intense!  Of course it wore off after a few minutes.  I left the strip on for 15 minutes and it was kind of a battle to get it off.  I should have moistened it a little but I did get it off and to my joy, it really did pull gunk out of my pores!

I then rinsed my face with warm water to wash away any residue from the strip since it was so stiff to remove.

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Next, I followed up with an application of the Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask with Strawberry + Yarrow.  The following is just my opinion of the mask:

–          Very easy to apply (I used my fingers, but probably should have used a brush)

–          HOLY INITIAL BURNING SENSATION, BATMAN!!!  This mask gave me a burning sensation I did NOT expect, but it only lasted about 2 minutes then subsided.  Just WHOA at first…

–          I love the smell!  Very fresh & fruity!!

–          You only need a thin layer.

–          Washes away with warm water with just a little bit of scrubbing.

–          My skin looked very fresh and felt so clean afterwards!

A word of warning for anyone with skin that easily dries out… Definitely follow up with a heavy moisturizer.  This mask is meant for oily skin, and it WILL suck the oil out so be sure to follow up so you don’t strip your skin and send it into oil production overdrive.  Personally, I’ll only be able to use these products once a week to avoid over-drying my skin, even though it’s very oily with all this humidity.  I prefer my skin to be balanced, not in a cycle of “dry – SUPER OILY – kinda dry – maybe oily – DRY’

For $5.99, I’m really impressed!  Ulta had the line on sale Buy one, Get one 50% off and of course you can apply the store coupons/credits to the purchase.

Has anyone else used these two products or have any Spa Sunday recommendations???

Sunscreen & summer days to all…
~ Charlie

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Josie Maran Argan Skin Care

If we are being honest, I’ll have to admit that I’m a little more than partial to this line of skin care.

Jaclyn Hill & Nicole Guerriero got me hooked when they started talking about using the 100% Argan Oil (regular & light versions) as part of their night time skin care routines.

As a combo-prone-to-oily skin girl, I said there was no way I was putting an OIL on my face, on purpose. But then I realized, my skin went into to oil production hyperdrive when it was dry. So putting an oil directly on my skin, would, in essence, trick my skin into believing it already had what it needed and therefore not produce more of the dreaded oil that plagued me day in and day out.

The result? Perfection. Over time my skin balanced out from being full on oil rig to being dewy, clear, and soft. No more dry patches, no more oil slicks throughout the day, no more makeup breaking up as the hours dragged on.

And with that, Ms. Josie Maran became my skin care BFF.

My shopping downfall, aka HauteLook, featured Ms. Josie Maran and her products in April and it was toot, toot all aboard THATtrain to WonderTown!

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Skincare Essentials – Dry/Sensitive

I’ll just come right out and say it. I was somehow magically blessed with beautiful, clear skin. I’m not sure how I managed to escape the wrath that my brothers and sisters endured (very oily, very acne-prone skin). I’ll attribute this miracle to my mother’s side of the family as most of them seem to have clear skin.

I experimented throughout high school and college with different face care products and what not, never really sticking to any routine. I would typically wash my face with my body wash – yes you heard right, my body wash. I didn’t exfoliate or regularly wear moisturizer, and I’m pretty sure I got my first zit in college and was probably traumatized. Now, I do have fair skin and I burn easily, especially on my nose, but I can also tan (and have the freckles to prove it). And throughout the years through all my product testing I’ve discovered that my face is pretty damn sensitive to just about anything I put on it. Which is why for so long I just didn’t go out of my way to find products that worked for me, because doing nothing seemed to be working.

As I get older, however, I am noticing that my skin isn’t the same anymore. It’s become more sensitive to things, I break out if I apply the wrong products, and I seem to be getting dryer and dryer by the minute. I started using Carmex Hydrating Lotion about 3 years ago as my every day facial moisturizer as it was the only thing that helped with my dry skin and didn’t irritate me. I’ve also noticed my skin becoming more and more uneven, which is why about 3 months ago I decided I needed to start wearing foundation for the first time in my life to even out my skin tone. In other words I opened a huge can of worms.

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Skincare Essentials

To all of you who were born blessed with a flawless-rivaling-the-angels-complexion… I envy you.

To all the rest of us:

Hey girl, I feel you.

I’ll be honest.  I didn’t have great skin growing up.  My daddy is the most handsome man around, but boy howdy, did I fall into his gene pool with a big ol’ belly flop when it came to skin.

Oily.
Acne prone — cystic acne prone.
Sensitive.

The blessed trifecta when you’re a girl, right?  –Just punch me in my already suffering face, please.–

In high school, I had acne so badly that my momma let me start wearing makeup earlier than she intended to allow simply because my skin was THAT bad.  I was so embarrassed all the time.  My skin hurt.  We tried different dermatology routes – oral meds, refrigerated meds, face wash meds.  Ugh.  It improved only slightly.

Over time I grew out of it and the peasants (aka, myself) rejoiced!!

That’s when my skin lowered the boom on me.
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March (Madness) Favorites

Oh March Madness!  How your name suits you… Thanks alot Duke & KU!  #bitterbydefault

All basketball disappointments aside– I will admit I have a little madness of mine own, though, don’t we all?!  And I’ve come to the realization that you just gotta OWN THAT ISH, my friend!  It’s part of your passion, your quirks, it’s all a part of who-you-are, what makes you so incredibly unique and valuable and imperfectly perfect!

My madness just happens to be super girly and not always very cost effective in my life.

Yeah, yeah, banking institution, you can stop sending me fraud alerts every week — I really am shopping THAT much.

But once in a while, after countless (read: thousand$) of dollars, you find your Holy Grails!  And since we’re so blessed to live in a day and age of convenience, we have Luvocracy to track all our “luvs” and make it simple (and at times, cheaper) to have a one-stop-shop right in your own living room!

Luvocracy is simply Pinterest with the ability to shop/buy directly from your “luvs” without ever having to track anything down, do any comparison shopping (hey, I’m a little cheap like that — don’t judge me), and really have it all (and delivered!) straight to the door of your adorable humble abode.  And if the order is messed up, well, #firstworldproblems.

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