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Battle of the Bubbles Week 5

This week I selected  Yes to Tomatoes Anti-Pollution Detoxifying Charcoal Bubbling Paper Mask. I picked this up at Ulta during a sale because the red and gray colors caught my eye….repeatedly. I have no previous experiences with this brand. You can purchase this at Ulta for $2.59, Walgreens Box of 10 for $16.99, Walmart for $2.38, CVS for $4.39, Amazon for $4.99, and Riteaid for $3.99. There are probably 15 other stores this is carried in so the ease in finding this outstanding. This mask is very pocket book friendly and I really like that I can locate it practically anywhere I go. But how well does it work? Check out this post to find out which mask wins this weeks battle and don’t forget to follow the steps at the end of this post for a chance to win an at-home facial gift box.

Yes to Tomatoes Anti-Pollution Detoxifying Charcoal Bubbling Paper Mask

The Basics:

  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Price: Low
  • Packaging: Eye-Catching
  • Smell: Low
  • Reactions: None

The Breakdown:

I will be honest, I’m a skincare snob and the older I get, the worse I get. I’m not expecting much from this mask because the price is so low and it’s everywhere. It can’t possibly be better than GlamGlow, right? It’s pretty simple to use. Open packet, put on clean, dry face for 15 minutes, then remove and rinse. No muss, no fuss. Upon opening the package I received my first surprise. This mask smelled amazing! Natural, clean, and mild and I found this subtle scent appealing. I placed the mask on and laid back to let the magic happen. Within 20 seconds the “bubble-tingle” took place. From then on out….pure tingle. I could feel the magic happening on my face. It was AMAZING! After my 15 minutes of bubbling goodness, I got up to see the results and the entire mask was covered in white bubbles. There was hardly any black mask visible anywhere. I loved that. I removed and rinsed and did my pat dry and went about my business. After experiencing my last bubble mask and the reaction I had, I was very nervous about this but I should not have been. My face felt clean, refreshed, and smooth the rest of the evening. The next morning…no rash, breakouts, greasiness, oiliness….nothing! Just clean and soft skin that practically glowed. Now, this was also a sensitive time of the month so I was anticipating a breakout or two over the course of the week. Nope. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Are you kidding me? Not only did I have no reactions, I also had no monthly breakout. Even with my most diligent skincare routine, I’ve never been able to avoid at least one or two blemishes when my hormones go berserk. This time, nothing THE ENTIRE WEEK. This mask was unreal!

Yes to Tomatoes wins this round! The packaging was eye-catching, it is very affordably priced, it’s easy to locate practically anywhere I go, it was easy to use, there was a mild and appealing smell, the super bubble-tingle, the visible bubbles on the mask, the clean and refreshed skin, no skin rashes or breakouts, and it seems to control my acne at a time of the month that should have been unheard of pushed this mask to the top of the list of products I will purchase for regular use. GlamGlow will remain a staple but Yes To has an awesome mask that I recommend anyone with a regular beauty regimen tries. I will be running by to Ulta to grab as many products by this brand that I can to see what other magic they can create in my skincare routine (I’ll be sure to tell you all about them too)!

For a chance to win an awesome at-home facial kit, which will now feature all products used during the Battle of the Bubbles:

  • Comment on each Battle of the Bubbles Post – 1 entry
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  • Share each Battle of the Bubbles post to Instagram – 1 entry for each share (make sure to tag me @BooksBeautyandBlessings and @YesTo! so I can mark each entry)
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Battle of the Bubbles Week 3

This week I selected Earth Therapeutics Deep Clarifying O2 Bubble Mask. I picked this up during a Kohl’s excursion and thought it would be a good addition to the contest because I really like Earth Therapeutics products and they are a staple in my pedicure. You can purchase this at Kohls $9 for a 3 pack or Earth Therapeutics $11.99 for a 3 pack . This mask is both cost effective and created by a company that pampers my feet like no one else, but how does their face mask measure up? Check out this post to find out which mask wins this weeks battle and don’t forget to follow the steps at the end of this post for a chance to win an at-home facial gift box, which was a bag but it got too full!

Earth Therapeutics Deep Purifying Charcoal
O2 Bubble Mask

The Basics:

  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Price: Low to medium
  • Packaging: Appealing
  • Smell: High
  • Reactions: Mild

The Breakdown:

Awhile back Kohl’s had a beauty sale that was the BOMB. I went there to stock up on my Earth Therapeutics pedicure supplies (with the sale and my 30% credit card discount I scored items for 50% off!!!) and came across a section of face masks by them. I figured they were a worthy inclusion because their pedicure products have my feet feeling like a million bucks during and after Self-care Sundays. This was also my first foray into the K-Beauty trend, which I’m still learning all about (that’s a whole different blog post). Those Korean girls have luminous skin so they have to know what they are doing. This mask was easy…rub package to mix contents, open, and apply to clean and dry face. Upon opening the package, I first noticed the smell. It was purely clinical….and strong. I cringed because I need my mask to smell good, or at the very least, have no smell or a mild smell is even acceptable. This one, not so much. I sallied forth and applied the mask, as directed, for 15 minutes. About 3 minutes in, I felt the bubble tingle to my face, on my cheek area only. A minute later, I felt it on my chin and slightly (for a minute or two) on my forehead. And it was extremely mild. No bubble factory going on at all. And the smell was bothering me even more. I still kept at it but the bubble tingle faded to just an itchy feeling. I kept having to sit on my hands to prevent the itching areas on my face. On top of that, no matter how well it was placed, the mask just didn’t fit my eyes or lips correctly. To get it right on my eyes, it covered my lower lip. To get off my lip, it covered the tops of my eyelids. I stayed still and finished and when my timer when off, I had to jump up and see if there were any bubble visible. Yep…bubbles on the apple of my cheek and my chin. HUGE bubbles. I looked like a Santa who decided to shave my beard creatively. And, while the bubbles were huge in these places, the rest of the mask was pitch black. And, with bubbles that huge, why didn’t I feel a better bubble tingle? Anywho, I cleaned off my face per the directions and went about my self care just waiting to feel luminous, clean, and energized….like I always do. However, this week, not so much. I had no lingering effects from this mask, aside from my face feeling sticky. That’s it. The next day…..what the ever loving heck!!!! I had not 1, not 2, but 3 tiny pimples show up on my cheek and chin! Are you kidding me? I’m a slave to my facial regimen to prevent this very thing. And masks rarely cause me to breakout (it happens, but it’s very rare). It’s not a time of the month for a zit to surprise me either so that thought went out the window. Fine. I’m all about second chances. This came in a pack of three. I’ve got a spare. Now, to give you full disclosure, for a week after I use the mask, I document my face results. While you are getting results today, they are results from self-care done WEEKS ago. So, I did another mask and skipped trying a new one. Same exact steps, like a perfectly done science experiment. Same smell, same feelings, same everything. And Monday morning? Freaking hell! Two zits. Cheek and chin again. I give up. Whoever wins the facial box, is getting my third mask from the pack.

I rate this mask so low, I’m not going to give it a number. It’s rude and I really don’t like being rude. The smell, the lack of bubble tingle, the uneven and varied bubble tingle I did feel, the sticky feel afterwards, the way the mask didn’t fit properly, the lack of “clean” and “refreshed” feeling afterwards, and the breakouts mean that this product is not the one for me. Now, lets get real ladies and gentlemen. Just because it didn’t work right for my face, DOES NOT mean it won’t work wonderful for you. We are all created different and that means our faces react different to each product. Earth Therapeutics has been giving me killer pedicures for years (and I recently picked up some Kiwi and Cucumber eye masks I can’t wait to try). I will trust them with my feet until I have long left this earth. Really, they are top notch! I just can’t use their Bubble Mask. But, I’m thinking, if your don’t have sensitive skin like mine, you may want to give this a try. It may be your new, amazing find!

GlamGlow wins this week. They can have my face. Earth Therapeutics can take care of my feet. And, in my personal opinion, those are just as important as my face.

For a chance to win an awesome at-home facial kit, which will now feature all products used during the Battle of the Bubbles:

  • Comment on each Battle of the Bubbles Post – 1 entry
  • Follow the Books, Beauty, and Blessings Blog – 1 entry
  • “Like” the Books, Beauty, and Blessings Facebook Page – 1 entry
  • Share each Battle of the Bubbles post to Instagram – 1 entry for each share (make sure to tag me @BooksBeautyandBlessings and @earththerapeutics so I can mark each entry)
  • Tweet each Battle of the Bubbles post to Twitter – 5 entries for each tweet (make sure to tag me @BookBeautyBless so I can mark your entries)

Battle of the Bubbles Week 1

This week I selected Dr. Jart+ Porecting Solution Bubbling Charcoal Sheet Mask. I read some pretty good reviews about this mask and while it’s a little pricey, I decided to give it a try for the first week. You can purchase this at Sephora for $9. Don’t forget to follow the steps at the end of this post for a chance to win an at-home facial gift bag which is getting fuller by the day!

The basics:

  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Price: High
  • Packaging: Simple
  • Smell: Medium
  • Reactions: Mild

Breakdown:

This was very easy to use. Simply wash and tone your face then put the mask on. The recommendation is 10-20 minutes so I did 15. The smell was medicinal, which I’m not a fan of and, because I’m a hot mess, I inhaled some product up my nose and it caused me to sneeze repeatedly. It took about 5 minutes before I felt the familiar “bubble tingle” that I love however, it was only a mild tingle. Where GlamGlow’s mask makes my face feel like it’s in a bubbling tingle factory, Dr.Jart+ was very subtle. This sensation came and went during the last 10 minutes. Upon visual inspection at removal there were absolutely no bubbles visible (Glamglow’s turn the black mask white). Per the directions I massaged the remaining residue from the mask into my skin and went about my business. My skin felt slightly sticky for 2 hours after the mask and was extremely shiny. So shiny by husband asked me what I had on my face. While Glamglow’s makes my skin feel super soft and clean after use, Dr.Jart+ made me want to wash my face to remove the extra product (I didn’t). Dr. Jart+ had some pretty significant advantages though. It caused no breakouts (huge points) and while my face looked shiny and felt sticky after use, the next morning it was GLOWING! My complexion was clean and soft and there was no redness or stickiness. I was impressed.

Bottom line, I would rate this product 4.5 out of 5 stars. I took points off for the smell, lack of oxygenating bubble tingle (I want to feel like I’m getting a spa treatment during my weekly facial because it enhances my experience), and stickiness. It got huge points for not causing me to breakout, not drying out my skin, not making my skin oily, and the visible results the next morning. So while it’s not an in-your-face immediate result it’s definitely worth the results the following day. I would purchase this product again and I’m actually going to check out a few more of their products, particularly their DerMask Micro Jet Clearing Solution, Focuspot Blemish Micro Tip Patch, and numerous items in the Cicapair Line.

This weeks winner: GlamGlow….but it was very close!

For a chance to win an awesome at-home facial bag during the Battle of the Bubbles:

  • Comment on each Battle of the Bubbles Post – 1 entry
  • Follow the Books, Beauty, and Blessings Blog – 1 entry
  • “Like” the Books, Beauty, and Blessings Facebook Page – 1 entry
  • Share each Battle of the Bubbles post to Instagram – 1 entry for each share (make sure to tag me @BooksBeautyandBlessings so I can mark each entry)
  • Tweet each Battle of the Bubbles post to Twitter – 5 entries for each tweet (make sure to tag me @BookBeautyBless and @DrJartUS so I can mark your entries)

Falling Into A New Season

Happy First Day of Fall! I’m so excited. Ok, ok, what could I possibly be excited about? Florida has one season…summer, year round, with the occasional 20 days a year of cold weather. Still, from the first day of fall until about March 1st, I’m in my element. The colors, the sounds, the smells…all of it delights me. Pumpkin Spice everything (although the Spam seems to be a little much), boots, football, and winter clothing, I’m excited enough to turn the AC down cold enough to pretend I’m experiencing fall weather. If I’m feeling really frisky, I’ll turn my fake fireplace on in my bedroom and really use my imagination. How did I spend my day? Well, I went to the gym and ran errands and then came home and cooked a meal for a neighbor who needed a little extra help today. Kindness matters and the smallest gesture can sometimes make the biggest impact.

What is your favorite season? Are you like me and now totally in your element or do you wish summer would hang around? Share your thoughts in the comments section and Friday I will draw a name to win one of my favorite candles from Bath and Body Works (Sweater Weather and Autumn are a tie so it will be a surprise). If you share this post on social media, I will enter your name in twice for every share. Make sure you enter your Twitter handle in the comments so I can follow you back!

Happy Monday!