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Battle of the Bubbles Week Week 6

This week’s selection is  Holler And Glow Stone Coal Sober Foaming Charcoal Mask. I picked this up at Target when scouting for more masks for this challenge. I have no previous experiences with this brand. I, also, did not select this mask for the challenge this week. My husband asked to pick and he selected this one because he liked the name. You can purchase this at Target for $2.99. This mask is easy on the pocketbook 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.

Holler and Glow Stone Coal Sober
Foaming Charcoal Mask

The Basics:

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

The Breakdown:

This mask was very easy to use. Massage package to activate contents and apply to clean face. Easy peasy. Upon opening the package I noticed a mild but pleasant odor, so that was a plus for me. The directions state it can be used for anywhere from 15-20 minutes but I like to go no longer than 15. I applied the mask and sat back. I felt a very mild bubble tingle about 90 seconds in and over the course of the 15 minutes this tingle came and went but in a very mild way. Honestly, my face felt more “minty” than “tingly” during the entire mask time. It wasn’t a bad feeling, just different. Like a cold breeze was continually blowing over my wet face. I can’t say I hated it….it was actually a pleasant feeling. But I really missed my bubble tingle. At the conclusion of the mask, I observed the mask and there were visible bubbles but they were subtle and didn’t cover the entire mask. I removed the mask and wiped the excess residue with a tissue, per the directions. My face felt really clean and refreshed….for about 15 minutes. Then it began to feel sticky…and refreshed. It was an odd combination. My skin felt good until I moved my face muscles then it felt like I had a tightening mask in place. I didn’t like that. As the remainder of the day progressed, the tight feeling went away just leaving my face feeling clean but not spectacular. On the plus side, there were no rashes, bumps, or acne breakouts from the mask.

GlamGlow wins this round. Holler and Glow wins points for smell, price, packaging, clean feeling, no reactions (other than the sticky feeling) and wintering effect that I enjoyed during the mask time. I was not a fan of the sticky feeling after the mask was removed and the fact that I can only find this mask at one place. I would rate this mask 4 stars though and would use it again, especially in a pinch. While doing my research, I found other products by this brand that I am looking forward to trying as well. Don’t discount this mask. I recommend anyone who likes sheet masks give it a try!

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

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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
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Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate Reveal October 2019

Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate
October 2019

This very first Glam Bag Ultimate was AMAZING!!!! There were some great products and some newbies I loved trying so I’m definitely continuing my subscription to this subscription box. This month included these products:

  • Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Brown – This was on my wishlist so when I had the chance to select it for my box, I jumped all over it. This palette is an immediate must have for me. It has rich, warm colors that have very little fallout and transition from day to night easily, with just a little building. I’m becoming a huge fan of Huda!
  • Kaleido Cosmetics Obsidian Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – I really like this liner. It was easy to use and glided on flawlessly and did not smear. It lasted all evening in a very humid Florida climate and a surprise summer storm and it didn’t run at all!
  • L.O.C.K. Unicorn Glow Hydrating Primer – This primer was great. It went on smooth and made foundation application flawless. No creasing or uneven lines. I might look into a larger bottle of this product, I was so impressed.
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy Cheek to Cheek Blush Palette – Ipsy’s theme this month….I adore Betty Boop so I had to have all the things! This blush was superb. It had just the right colors for my light skin tone, without making me look overly made up.
  • Biorace L’eau Hydrating Treatment Serum – This serum was a pleasant surprise. I’m always nervous using new facial products on my skin because it’s so sensitive but this was really nice. It felt light and greaseless and my skin felt moisturized afterwards, not oily. It had no overwhelming odor and the biggest plus….it caused no breakouts!
  • F.A.R.A.H. Brushes Midnight Pro Trio – These brushes are now a staple in my makeup application. The are firm but soft and made application of my foundation, blush, and highlighter a dream!!!
  • Nanette Lepore Beautiful Times fragrance – This fragrance was gorgeous. Not heavy or overly sweet, it was subtle and citrusy…a favorite combination of mine.
  • The Saem Natural Avocado and Shea Butter Mask Sheet Set – I have to admit, I have not tried these masks yet, due to the fact I’m in the middle of a Bubble Sheet Mask Challenge but as soon as it’s done, I’m looking forward to these!
  • Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – I’ve been dying to try this product so I did a happy dance when I saw it in my box. I incorporated it into my facial cleansing routine and there is no going back for me. It’s a keeper and I will be purchasing it again for continued use. It has helped hold back breakouts, kept my face super clean, and has not dried my face out in the least. It’s an awesome product!
  • C’est Moi Beauty Reflect Lip Gloss in Opulence – I love my lip glosses and this one is no exception. It’s very pretty and neutral and makes my lips look rosy and natural. It’s not super-sticky, either, which is a huge advantage!
  • Coloured Raine Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Glamour – Mine arrived broken so I’m waiting for a replacement.
  • Ibom Lemon Verbena Clay Mast – I have used this mask in the past and I love it. This will be great to throw in my travel bag so I can continue my facial care while traveling! This mask is both brightening and hydrating and I highly recommend it for mid-week face refreshing!
  • Trestique Good Vibes Mascara – This mascara is patiently waiting for it’s time in the spotlight, as I have not tried it yet. There is also no information on it with my enclosed pamphlet. It’s neat though, because it has a curler included at the end of the mascara tube. It’s just very strange that Ipsy included no information of this product in the box.

I had two complaints about this new subscription. The pamphlet that was included in the box broke down each product but….one item was not listed and none of the items had a value. This subscription is $50 per month. I like tangible, visible proof of the value of each product to validate the cost I’m paying. I had to look up all the product costs myself. My suggestion to them is to rectify that as soon as possible. Also, some of us subscribed to both the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and Ultimate. Two different subscriptions but they gave me the same bag in each box. That should not be happening. You should check for dual subscriptions and make sure that different bags are provided for each. Now I have two of the same bags, which I don’t like. Otherwise, so far, I’d say this subscription is worth it.

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