Manic Monday: Kate Somerville exfoliate review

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It really is a manic Monday or better yet it was a manic weekend! Such an amazing weekend full of events! Birthday parties and the best blessing of all one of my BFFs delivered her first baby boy! Healthy and super adorbs! I’ve been at the hospital the past two days and decided a good exfoliation was necessary!

Exfolikate by Kate Somerville is one of my all time favorite exfoliators. The scent and the results are EVERYTHING. This product is so gentle  I can use it twice a week ! Keeps my  skin as smooth as a babies bottom and glowing like a pregnant mother! Those analogies work today because I have baby on the brain. 🙂 But in all honesty this keeps my skin clean, smooth, bright and glowing!

Another pretty cool thing is Kate Somerville has 3 different formulas of this product based on your skin type. There is exfolikate intensive exfoliating treatment, exfolikate gentle exfoliating treatment and exfolikate acne clearing treatment, and lastly the exfolikate body intensive exfoliating treatment. The prices range from $22 to $175 depending on size from 0.5 oz to a 5 oz size. It is definitely a little pricey but is equivalent to getting a facial by Kate Somerville they say!

This product can be used up to twice a week. You apply to the face and apply with circular motions. Leave on for 20-30 seconds. They say do not scrub and just let the enzymes do their job.

I wish I had a before and after photo for you! Maybe I will update this post with a photo. Have any of you tried this exfoliator?

This was the perfect relaxation for my busy weekend. Until the next manic Monday.

I am glam.
I am gluttony.

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Manic Monday: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask review

It’s Monday again! And I’m back with another cure for the Monday blues! When you get home kick off your shoes and relax your feet and try this organic, natural resurfacing mask by Tata Harper.

Have you guys heard of Tata Harper? Such an unbelievable line of skincare and aromatherapy products! First of all it is 100% natural ingredients, and non-toxic ingredients 100% of the time! That is extremely hard to come by with a skincare line. They manufacture their own products! They manufacture in small batches in their Vermont lab to ensure the freshness of their products. There formulas are concentrated with anywhere from 9 to 29 active ingredients in every single bottle! And best of all, all of the ingredients are grown on their own farm in Vermont to make sure that they are completely organic!

This company is also animal cruelty free there is no testing on animals what so ever!

ImageSo the mask that I will be talking about today and absolutely love is the resurfacing mask! This mask is designed to get your skin glowing immediately! It’s primary focus is to eliminate dull skin cells, and minimize the appearance of pores and keep the skin looking soft! It’s great for all skin types, but if you have sensitive skin eczema or rosacea it is not recommended.

How to use:

Can be used once a week for oil and blemish control.

For immediate glow apply a thick layer on a clean face.

Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes! 10 minutes if you have sensitive skin.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water. This product can also be used as a spot treatment, put a dab on blemish and let sit over night.

Because these products are extremely natural make sure to store in a cool dry place.

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Gel like consistency.

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Thick layer applied over face.

The Tata Harper resurfacing mask is 81% organic, with 11 Active Ingredients. Some of the Active Ingredients in this product are:

Pink Clay: Reduces pore size,detoxifies and tones without stripping the skin

Beet extract: promotes hydration in the outer layers of the skin

White willow extract: gently exfoliates

Witch hazel: minimizes pores and reduces inflammation

and

Aloe vera: naturally stimulates healthy cell growth!

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This is my Before and After of the Tata Harper resurfacing mask. You can really see the instant gratification of the brighter smoother skin.

If you ever get the chance to try this product you will be surprised at the results considering it is all natural botanicals! It runs about $55 a jar and can be found at the Tata Harper website http://www.tataharperskincare.com or  at your local Space NK  or the Space NK website http://www.spacenk.com. If you go to a Space NK they will be able to provide you with a sample that way you can give it a try before purchasing!

Make your Monday not so Manic and try this resurfacing mask, the ingredients will not only provide you with brighter and softer skin, but the scent of the botanicals will soothe your soul like aromatherapy.

I am glam.

I am gluttony.

Manic Monday Mask Review: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

Everyone dreads Mondays for the most part right? I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that says ” I looove Mondays!” haha. So after a long work day why not go home and pamper yourself with a mini facial? I’ve passed up trying this mask a few times because it calls for a 20 minute wear time. For most of us twenty minutes is a long time, there is usually not enough time in the day to complete everything you put on your “to do list”.  And sitting around for 20 minutes for your mask to dry is usually not one of the things on your list!

On a Monday after work this forces you to sit down and relax and do absolutely nothing, well maybe you can start prepping dinner or read your mail. For one, it is a peel off mask, for it to peel off correctly it needs to be completely dry. Secondly, it is extremely black, so you won’t be outside small talking your neighbor.

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The Manic Monday mask of choice is the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. It runs about $34 for a 2.8 oz size.  Best of all its for ALL SKIN TYPES : Normal, Oily, dry, Problematic. This mask was designed to detoxify, purify and brighten the skin. Because its packed with all these amazing things once the mask is removed its duties are to minimize the appearance of pores, firm the face, exfoliate, removes excess oil, and reduces inflammation.

It is packed with all the right things to get your skin glowing

Vitamin C: helps with brightening, minimize hyper-pigmentation caused by sun damage, fighting free radicals, and fine lines and wrinkles.

Witch Hazel- A natural antiseptic that tightens the skin and works as an anti-inflammatory.

Calcium Montmorillonite clay- discovered in France containing 67 minerals. removes toxins, oils and excess dirt from the skin. It also soothes and conditions the skin.

How to use:

* Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin.

*Avoid eye area, eyebrows, hairline and lips

* Leave on for 15-20 minutes or until completely dry

*Gently peel off mask from outer edges

*Rinse off any residue with warm water

* Follow with toner and moisturizer

* Use once or twice a week

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After trying this mask I was extremely impressed. My skin was definitely brighter and tighter after removal. The one thing I did not enjoy was the pain when peeling off the mask around my hairline, and around the peach fuzz that we do not usually see. Man did it hurt! But I admit, it was absolutely my fault. It clearly states in the instructions “AVOID eyebrows, hairline and lips” I also enjoyed the mask because my skin is slightly sensitive, there was not much redness or irritation , and best of all a few days later there was not any break out.

This is my skin below after removal of the mask, bright and tight.Image

If you are in the market for a mask that is going to bring that glow back into your skin, I would suggest trying this Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. If I could give it a rating out of 10 of doing what it says its going to do I would give it a 9. If you are worried about having sensitive skin and you don’t want to commit to a full size just yet.  Head over to a Sephora and ask for a sample to see how your skin will react to it.  It’s definitely worth a try.

Manic Mondays at the office will drive you crazy, but theres nothing better than going home and pampering yourself with a mini facial.

I am glam.

I am gluttony.