Review: charcoal masks

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I try to use a face mask 1 to 2 times a week. I love the ease of sheet masks, but have recently ventured into charcoal based masks.

Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment is pretty amazing. Apply it once to twice a week for 20 minutes while I’m relaxing (usually taking a bath), and my pores are smaller, my t-zone is less oily and I usually have less breakouts. My skin feels tighter and is visually more glowing–as if my dull outer layer of skin is gone and the mask has revealed new baby fresh skin. I love this mask. But $69 for 1.7 ounces is pretty rough. And being a product junkie I am always looking for a new favorite to dethrone the old.

I tried a sample of Origin’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. While it was on it felt eerily similar to the Glamglow mask. I eagerly awaited results. This mask is only $27 for 3.4 ounces! Economically much more of a steal. But much to my chagrin the results just weren’t the same. My skin did have that satisfying tightening feeling, but otherwise the results were lackluster in comparison. My t-zone remained the same and my skin didnt have that nice new skin glow.

On to the next product!

Review: Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial

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I recently received a sample of Korres’ Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial. I have run of out of the Origins night cream I was using so I used this sample for two nights.

The smell was a bit strange. I’m not sure if this was just the sample and if the full size differs? But certainly my sample pod had a weird sort of expire lotion smell to it. As if you had bought a standard unscented lotion and let it sit for years and it absorbed some of the plastic smell. It very vaguely reminded me of plain greek yogurt, but that was not the primary scent I got. Usually smells for face care arent that off putting to me; those weird natural plant smells just dont bother me. But this one felt like a kind of synthetic smell and I was more bothered by it than normal.

I liberally applied this on my face and neck and went to sleep. The next morning there was still a distinct layer on my face. I washed it off and went about my day. This sleeping “facial” did fine but nothing fantastic. Yes, my face felt moisturized but nothing substantially more than what I get with other products. I personally am not a big fan of the next morning still having a distinct layer of moisturizer on my face–it makes me feel like it didnt seep into my skin.

This sleeping facial was a perfectly fine product, but for $46 dollars I won’t be purchasing the full size.

Off to the next product adventure!

An honest review of Baby Foot

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Baby Foot is a product that claims it can make your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot. But does it really work? I’ve done this twice over the past ~8 months and my answer is yes this works pretty dang well. Plan accordingly before starting as you probably wont want to be wearing sandals or flip flops for 1-2 weeks.

My second time around I found it was far more effective when I did a few extra things:

  • Definitely soak your feet before using Baby Foot! I washed them then let them soak for about 15 minutes.
  • Leave Baby Foot on for longer than recommended. The directions say an hour, but the second time I did 80 minutes and found it to be more effective.
  • Soak your feet every day! Peeling wont start for a few days (in my case it started at 5 days after applying the Baby Foot gel), but continue to soak your feet every day.
  • Do not apply lotion to your feet during the peeling process. It may be dry and feel a bit uncomfortable but the results are worth it. Lotion will just hydrate the dead skin that you are trying to slough off!
  • The instructions say don’t pick but honestly you have to pick a bit to get the clumps of skin off.

I would definitely recommend this product overall; my feet are in better shape than any pedicure I’ve paid much more for. The only thing is if you have a particularly rough callous 1 round of Baby Foot may not totally remove it. I have one on my right big toe and 1 round of Baby Foot reduced the roughness significantly, but ultimately it is still a callous and noticeable compared to my baby soft skin everywhere else.  The website indicates you can wait 2 weeks and do a second round of Baby Foot for stubborn spots like this; I’ve never tried that as a small callous doesn’t bother me.

I bought my Baby Foot products from Amazon and Walmart (I would recommend the former as my credit card info was stolen from the Walmart website apparently pretty easily); you can also purchase direct from the Baby Foot website or find a retailer that sells it near you.