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5 Ways to Prevent Your Cell Phone From Causing Breakouts!

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So.. Are you having to deal with adult acne and breakouts and have no idea what to do anymore? I would spend tons of money trying to buy the best product to clear my skin, I would make natural facial masks and apply on my face, use my oatmeal trick to get rid of acne, but… What I didn’t know is that my iPhone was the main reason why my skin was breaking out! Obviously that acne can be caused by different reasons, such as: unbalanced hormones, allergy, dirty hair, very oily skin, bangs (yeah!).. But if none of these things happen to you or affect you a lot, maybe your phone is the villain here.

Let’s just stop for a second and think about it:

Your phone is always in your backpack, purse, bag, jeans pockets, on the table, in the car, on the bar table next to your food and drinks, sometimes you drop it and it touches the dirty sidewalk and streets around the city.. It happens to all of us.

And what do you do next? GET A CALL, ANSWER IT AND YOUR DIRTY PHONE TOUCHES YOUR FACE!

Now can you imagine the amount of bacterias that are touching your skin rght now? No wonder why you might get those breakouts all the time. If your breakouts appear always on a specific side of your face, take a look and think if it isn’t the same side you use to talk on your phone. Is it? Now you have your answer. Not only the bacterias on your phone, but a bunch of things together can be the reason why you can never have a clear skin. Stop using products that contain alcohol in its formula, stop touching your face all the time! Your hands are also really dirty throughout the day and it’s not healthy to touch your face and give a ride to the bacterias and gross things!

Ok, ,what can we do to avoid this, or at least minimize the consequences?

1. Try to avoid placing your phone in dirty places (such as public seats, benches, restroom sinks, bar and restaurants (when going out, try to put a napkin underneath your phone, it helps a lot!),

2. STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE! Seriously, just stop. I am guilty because I am always supporting my big head with my hands on my chin or cheek, which is so unhealthy! Try to avoid doing it!

3. Use headphones whenever possible. If you are not used to using headphones to make or answer a call, at least try to keep a distance between your face and the phone while making a call. Or try to just touch the ears and not the whole cheek while talking on the phone.

4. Take advantage of apps and programs like Skype, Facetime, Viber, or any type of program that allows you to interact with people through video and voice at the same time! It brings people together, it is more fun and you are not touching your face with your dirty phone!

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5. Clean your phone regularly with a little bit of alcohol (liquid or gel). Take a very soft cloth or paper towels, napkins and wet with just a little bit of alcohol. Clean your phone and you will feel the difference right away! Do it at least once a week!

Step 5 for me is the most important of all. If you are always on the street, in bars and restaurants, put in your purse or backpack an alcohol gel and some tissues, for occasional cleaning! For example, if you drop the phone on the ground, immediately take it and clean it with alcohol you have in the bag :). Simple and super efficient!

Small actions can completely change the way we treat our bodies! Share this tip with friends!

Try to avoid beauty products that contain alcohol!

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Do you love that dry clean sensation after cleansing or applying an alcohol based product on your face? We all do. Or at least, I used to. And I’ll explain why!

I’ve always had a toner or astringent containing a good percentage of alcohol in my beauty products. It was part of my beauty routine and I would die without it. I could feel my skin so clean and refreshed after. I used to apply the astringent with a cotton ball and I would feel that cool sensation on my skin. Who doesn’t love that? Well, our skin doesn’t.

Alcohol is very commom in beauty products, and it can be the most active ingredient. I have a Neutrogena astringent that contains 45% of alcohol in its formula! Can you believe that? It’s like applying pure alcohol on your face! I was shocked when I saw it. Alcohol is used by companies to make thick and sticky skin-care products more watery and pleasant to the skin. Nobody likes that thick cream and the more serum-like the product is, the more we like it! The alcohol also helps the skin product to last longer and prevent bacterias and fungus to develop in the product. Not only that, but alcohol helps the other active ingredients to penetrate the skin better, by breaking down the surface barrier of the skin, which… is not a good thing, let’s be honest.

We can think that alcohol evaporates quickly and it doesn’t stay long on the skin, but its effects are instant. The moment alcohol touches the skin, the problems begin. We feel our skin oil-free, dry, and apparently clean. But what we don’t know is that our skin loses its natural moisture and water. As a result, our skin freaks out and tries to balance this lack of moisture, by producing even more oil than normal. So the more you think you are getting rid of the oil in your face, the more your skin is producing oil to balance things. Then you apply more and more alcohol based products, and things get into a never ending cycle!! In a long term, this cycle causes many side effects such as wrinkles, fine lines, dryness, skin inflammation, itching, burning, skin flaking, roughness, etc. Yes, this is true!

Since I stopped using my astringent with alcohol I noticed an improvement even in my fine lines. My skin is not as oily as before and is healthier. Who knew that a product to stop the oil would be causing the skin to produce more oil? My tip for you is to avoid alcohol based products and choose the alcohol-free skin-care products instead. Now the beauty companies are aware that we have an eye on the ingredients and are trying to make healthier and more natural beauty products! We all love it!

And as always, stay beautiful!

I regret buying: Apricot Scrub? TERRIBLE PRODUCT.

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So.. I know that I’m not uploading as I should, and that my last post was on may. But I have lots of (excuses) reasons! I came back to Brazil and I’ve been working my ass off since then. June was the busiest and craziest month of my life and it was so much stress that even my body freaked out. Like.. literally. So I apologize for the lack os posts, but I promise I’ll try to be a good girl and talk to you guys more often. I enjoy writing in English and I love the blog! But let’s talk a little bit about a nightmare..

Why should we exfoliate our faces? Exfoliation is meant to remove the dead skin cells off of our body, the oldest ones. And why? So our pores are clean, it makes our body renew our skin cells and we feel the bright smooth skin after that. It is such a good feeling! I love it. I guess that everyone knows about the famous Apricot Scrub by St. Ives, right? Well, it is a scrub that…”Gently removes dirt, oil and dead skin cells without clogging pores. Oil free. Reveals smooth, healthy, more radiant skin with use of natural exfoliants that gently remove dull, dead skin cells.“. What a miracle product! I am Brazilian and I always on a budget so I decided to try the CVS Apricot Scrub, which is the same as the St. Ives one.

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I started to scrub my face everyday while I was taking a shower, it was an amazing feeling of rocks rubbing my face while I thought they were cleaning my skin and removing all dead skin cells! This scrub is really rough, it is not gentle AT ALL. It feels like those files that you use on the walls to remove the paint. But ok, it was for a good cause, and I was using it like I meant it. After awhile, still in USA, I saw that my face was so sensitive, so bumpy and soooooo bad. I couldn’t understand what was going on, because my face had never been so bad before.

Yes, my face looked like that when I came back to Brazil. I didn’t even want to take pictures so I apologize for the bad quality. I thought this was caused by the Revlon Colorstay Foundation, but even when I stopped wearing it, I was still getting those pimples and horrible bumps all over my face.

Making the story short…

I watched some videos and professional people saying that we shouldn’t exfoliate our skin everyday, especially if it’s a rough scrub, like the one I was using… Oh well, I was doing it everyday, I guess it wasn’t the right thing to do, hehe. THEN I saw a cosmetologist saying that nobody should ever use this Apricot Scrub, not even once a week. Because it is too rough and she wouldn’t recommend it to any of her worst enemies, ever! I was shocked when I watched this Youtube video and then I realized my problem could be caused by the Apricot Scrub. I decided it was time to stop.

After a loooong time without even touching the scrub, my face started to clear a little bit. I still suffer with blackheads and some bumps on my right cheek, but it is so much better now.

Now I’ve been using the Grapefruit Gentle Scrub by Neutrogena, and I only use it two or three times a week. It is a huge difference and I feel like people should stop using the Apricot Scrub. At leasy my skin suffered a lot with it. Be careful when you are exfoliating your skin, guys!!! It is a serious thing and I feel like it is supposed to be done only by professionals!

How to make you concealer last forever! Quick and easy!

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Hey, I know.. I know that I’ve been gone, but I’ve been working so much lately. I even worked this sunday because of Easter, can you believe it? So I don’t have any free time not even to do my nails as often as I like to do them, hahaha! But I came here today to share with you something that I learned and it has been helping me a lot lately! Here in Brazil is really hot (I live in a city near Rio de Janeiro) and makeup is something that melts in 2 hours. Especially me, I have combination/oily skin and here is really humid. In USA I don’t have problems with oily skin, it actually gets really dry hahaha. But here is something awful. So I have to always keep an eye open for the tips and secrets to make the products last more than a couple of hours on my face! And I’ve found something very interesting to keep the concealer on for a long time! Let’s try it? You’ll need:

  • Your LIQUID concealer
  • Facial/Eye moisturizer
  • Primer (eyeshadow primer can be used as well!)

Did you get all these things? Promise? Let’s keep going then!

  1. Wash your face like you usually do, with your cleanser, tonic, astringent, etc.
  2. Apply your eye cream on your under eye area.
  3. Wait for your skin to absorb it, then re-apply the eye cream.
  4. Repeat the process.. Wait for it to dry and apply more eye cream.
  5. Apply a tiny little bit of primer under your eyes.
  6. Then apply your liquid concealer.
  7. IF you want, you can apply a little little little bit of powder, but it isn’t necessary!

What’s the big key? If you over hydrate your under eye area, it’ll be so smooth that your skin will not get dry and crease your concealer, especially because you applied the primer! And why do you need to use liquid and not cream or mousse concealer? Well, the liquid concealers usually dry really fast and don’t crease. Cream concealers are made to cover imperfections around the face, but once applied on the eyes, it tends to crease and show the little expression lines quickly. I tried those steps and my concealer lasted for longer than it usually do. And I live in a place where the makeup melts in two hours hahahahaha! I hope you will find this tip easy and awesome!

 

That’s it, guys! I’ll talk to you soon, I promise! Bye

How to stop wasting your MAC Pro Longwear Concealer! Problems with the pump? Not anymore!

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Ahhhh, the lovely Pro Longwear Concealer! My passion (ok, I’ve never tried any other concealer, but who cares?)! But like every single person says ‘damn you, pump!!!!!’. it’s like with one pump you can apply on your entire face! Agh!!! I’ve already watched tons of youtube videos teaching how to half pump, but nope. I was frustrated, not only because my NC35 is TOO dark for me now, but because I don’t like to waste concealer!

I went to MAC at Belk to buy another concealer that matches my skin tone and I bought the NC20 (that now it’s too light, hahaha!), but I talked to the girl there and she said ‘ah, yes.. the pump is always a problem, but here, I’ll help you!’. And she gave me the most simple, smart and obvious thing ever to prevent me to waste my precious concealer! What is it?

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The saleswoman gave me this MAC little plastic container!!!

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Instead of putting the product on your hands or anywhere else, just put it inside this little container! She was so sweet to give me this, I didn’t even ask!

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That way you won’t waste any product! You can just put the product in this container, mix if you have a dark and light concealer (in my case, I have the NC20 that is too light and the NC35, too dark, so I mix them together in this container and I have the perfect match! So perfect! I can apply the amount of product I want and need, and then I just close the lid and I have more concealer to use later!

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How amazing is this? I’m shocked! Hahaha! Soon I”ll post a review about my NC20 and NC35 and how I mix them together to have the perfect match for my skin! 🙂

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CHEAP AND AWESOME: NYX Wonder Pencil in Medium – 02

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While I was at ULTA walking around those tons of makeup products from different brands, my eyes looked at this:

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At first I was like ‘um, ok sure’ and walked away. But something made me go back and read the sign explaining all about it. It’s a pencil that can be used as concealer (on spots, like pimples or blemishes), like a lip pencil or a beige pencil to open your eyes (when you make a smokey eye and don’t want to finish with dark eyeliner), especially if you have small eyes. I thought some more about it and I bought it! It was US$4,49 at ULTA. I bought the shade medium and it looks like this:

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I’ve found the beige eyeliner I was looking for! Hah! Seriously, I simply love this pencil! It can be used in any way you want, and it’s perfect to touch up blemishes on your skin or to apply on your waterline (my favorite option!). I still haven’t used as a lip liner but I will try with my honey NYX lipstick that kinda matches the color of this pencil (hopefully haha, I don’t know). I recommend this Wonder Pencil to everyone, it’s cheap, you can use in any way your creativity tells you and it has a great quality! On the waterline it stays on for a long time, I’m in love with it! Here is a swatch of it:

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After I blend it, it looks like this:

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You can see that where I applied it you can’t see the vein as much as with the bare skin. Cheap and Awesome! 😉

The Brazilian (yes, you read right!!) SIGMA BEAUTY, we all love, we all want their products!

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Sigma Beauty… Everyone who knows about the makeup industry and world knows about the Sigma Brushes and Makeup. But.. Do you know the story behind that company? I’m here to tell you and surprise you!

Are you ready to know the truth? SIGMA BEAUTY IS BRAZILIAN! Say whaaaaaat? Yes, ma’am! Let’s sit down because I’ll tell you all about it! I was checking their website because I simply love all about them, but unfortunately I cannot afford anything right now haha! Anyways, I always like to read about the story of the company or just to read the ‘about’ page, just to know what kinda of company I am dealing with, how they got here or anything related to that. Reading the Sigma Beauty website, I came to these shocking news!

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History:

Sigma was founded in 2008 by Brazilian natives Rene, a civil engineer with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and his wife Simone, a researcher with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. After discovering the strong need for worldwide availability of affordable and high-quality beauty products, the couple combined their knowledge of engineering and scientific research to create a company that met these needs in the cosmetic industry.

Reading more about this, I saw that a Brazilian couple came to USA in 1999 and they started the Sigma Beauty in 2008. Wikipedia-ing, I read:

The couple, who moved to Minnesota in 1999, combined their knowledge of engineering and scientific research to pioneer the company, which began as a way to simply export American cosmetics to family members in Brazil. Seeing an opening to expand, Oliveira and Filho quickly grew the business, designing brushes and sending products to influential fashion bloggers.

Did someone know about this? I didn’t! And now I love Sigma Beauty EVEN MORE, because come on.. They are Brazilian! Ok, the company is American but it has Brazilian roots, love and blood (haha)! I’m impressed and loving it more!

Now let’s check the new arrivals and the ‘gotta love’ products they have!

BRUSHES:

 F80 – FLAT KABUKI™

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Unique Feature: Dense and flat head

Function: Buffed foundation application

Recommended Use: Blend liquid or cream products onto flat areas of the face such as the forehead and cheeks.

Bristle Type: Synthetic Sigmax®
This is the top top top top brush from sigma! All beauty gurus love to blend the foundation with this brush and I’m dying to have one of their brushes! Someday, who knows? 😉
BASIC FACE KIT
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The Sigma Beauty Face Kit contains five professional quality brushes for the face. Perfect to apply liquid, cream and powder formulas, this kit is ideal for all over face makeup application.
Brushes Included:
F30 – Large Powder: Even powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.
F40 – Large Angled Contour: Subtle cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush.
F50 – Duo Fibre: Creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products.
F60 – Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
F70 – Concealer: Conceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes.
BORN TO BE COLLECTION
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tHE Sigma Beauty Born to Be Collection includes an array of products with an unexpected color combination of urban chic and modern edge perfect for the transition from day-to-night. This collection contains one eye shadow palette, three lip glosses, three eye liners, one blush and one lip concealer. All of the products were created to add a sultry sophistication to the classic smokey eye.

Included in Collection:

1 Eye Shadow Palette: Smoke Screen
3 Lip Glosses: Eleven, Get Ready, Sheila
1 Lip Concealer: Lose The Halo
3 Eye Liners: Atomic Number 6, Indigobird, My Cloud
1 Blush: Born To
I’m not gonna post all of their products but you should definitely check their website! Just click on their logo down below! You’ll fall in love as well, I’m sure! 🙂
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That’s it, guys! I’ll talk to you guys soon, bye!

Review: e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder – Turks & Caicos

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e.l.f cosmetics, some people hate them, some people love them, and you know what? I am one of the people who love e.l.f.! I mean it, they have some great products and I still don’t believe how they can handle that price! OMG from 1 to what… 6 dollars (not talking about the pallets)? This is great! Today I’m here to talk about the duo blush and contour that I have.

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SDC12051When I bought it online I didn’t think it was as dark as it actually is. Oh well, what can I do? The bronzer powder is the dark one and it has so much shimmer on it that it is not a good contour powder, maybe only a bronzer to pretend you have that tanned glow. The blush looks more like a light bronzer than a Blush. I know that some other shades of this duo are better than this one, I think it’s too dark and it has too much shimmer, in my humble opinion! Not that you can’t work with it, you can! But if you want a bronzer to contour your face, you are going to buy the wrong thing with this particular duo! Let’s see a close up photo:

SDC12052Can you see what I mean? Now a swatch:

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And it’s so pigmented that if you have a strong hand and apply too much, God bless you when you try to blend it! So here is a tip, apply little by little. And I mean LITTLE, because once I applied too much and I looked like a clown hahahahaha! I like this product but I think you need to find the right way to use it! I think that sometimes even if we don’t like the product, we can use it in another way (like in this case, because some of them I just cannot wear or use at all!!!!). I bought it for US$3,00 in their website and I think that I would buy another shade instead of this one! It’s an ok product, but too dark for me!
What are you waiting for? Come on and let’s shop at e.l.f.!

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Ok, that’s it for today! Stay beautiful and I’ll talk to you guys soon, bye!

CHEAP AND AWESOME: NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder, Translucent

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Today I’m here to talk about a translucent powder that I found at Walmart by NYC (New York Color):

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NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder, Translucent

I bought it for US$3,00 and there are different shades, but I got the Translucent because I need to remove the shine from my face sometimes during the day, especially in hot hot days here in Brazil! Nobody wants a shiny face that you can even squeeze the oil out and sell it to fry an egg, right? I know, I am weird.. Anyways, this powder comes with a lame little sponge that is actually handy when you are in a hurry and just throw the powder in your purse or makeup bag. I usually apply with the sponge just because I am lazy and I forget to get the brush, but I would recommend a brush to apply it hahaha! This powder is pressed, so it’s not so messy!

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This NYC powder comes in a weak package, but good enough to handle my strong hands ahaha! Not only that, is comes with a mirror inside, and it’s good because usually this type of powder is made to quickly apply on the face. So the mirror and sponge have this purpose. Ah, modern world where time is money! We are always in a hurry. It reminds me of a song by Jason Mraz that I love called Clockwatching! You should listen to this song, amazing! Anyways… Back to the powder, is has a white-ish color, so be careful to not over-apply it and become a ghost cosplay!

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When I am at home I apply it with a brush, but when I’m out I usually just se the sponge and that’s it! I like the way it makes my face matte and blocks the shine on my skin. I know sometimes that flat face is weird, but I make sure to contour my face to have some depth!

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Have no idea why I only have this weird photo (I look like a no life robot human being weirdo) but as you can see on my forehead, it has no shine but it’s not totally matte. I have combination skin, and I felt that it gives the skin a different texture, and I would purchase this again, for sure. Come on.. 3 dollars, guys. Please.. 🙂

I’ll try to schedule some posts this weekend. I am sorry I am gone, but I’ve been busy lately with work. I didn’t even do my nails!!!! Say What! I do them at least 2 or 3 times a week and I have the same nail color since last saturday (March 22nd)! So, I’ll talk to you guys soon, bye!

Facial Collagen Mask Sheet

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I’ve always wanted to try those facial mask sheets that make you look like a serial killer (like Jason or something..), really scary for some minutes. Anyways, like I was saying, I’ve always wanted to try those masks, but I didn’t want to spend US$15,00 buying only one, because come on.. Really? So, I was trying to find “good deals” at the dollar store, and I stepped on those masks. “umm”, I said to myself, “why not?”, so I bought it!

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How much is this? At the dollar store, 1 dollar (Duh!). I know that there are several different brands and types of mask sheets, but to try for the first time, I thought this one was good enough. And I was right! What this mask is and what it does:

Moisturizing, Firming, Rejuvenating — for all skin types —

  • Revitalizes your skin by giving it an instant lifting effect.
  • Prevents and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

This mask is full of collagen, which is an important protein of the various connective tissues. I’m not going into details about it, because we all know this is not my main focus here. But collagen is something that we must increase the production in our body, for several different reasons, but my reason is simple: aging.

Collagen masks and creams improve the firmness and texture of your skin in the short term, but we need to try to make our bodies produce collagen by its own. Anyways, so.. the mask sheet! Hahaha. It comes in that package I just showed you guys and you must apply it on your clean face. Wash it, use your astringent or toner (if you have one) and apply the mask. I’m not gonna show you how it looks like on my entire face, because it’s just scary. So, here is a little bit of how it should look like:

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When you apply the mask sheet, be sure to try to get rid of any bubbles or wrinkles it might have. But we all know that every face shape is different,and this mask is big (maybe to fit all face shapes), so it was kinda hard to make it straight.

Once you have applied it, just let it set for 20 minutes. It’s funny to walk around the house looking like Jason (the serial killer). After the 20 minutes, just take off the mask and gently massage the rest of the moisturizer onto your face. This particular mask I did not have to rinse it off or wash my face afterwards.

It feels amazing after! I swear to God! The skin feels so bright and soft and you can feel the difference. Those masks are not something that you should expect it to work for wrinkles and like an anti-aging product. I think they are more to give your skin the emergency lifting! For 1 dollar? Damn, it is worth it! You should try. This one is really good 🙂

I’ll talk to you guys soon! Bye!