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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)!

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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.

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus October Reveal

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus October 2019

This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag Plus was pretty fantastic! There were some great finds and the theme….AWESOME!!!! I love Betty Boop so their very inspired line featuring the ultimate glamour girl was spot on! Included in this box:

  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator (I’m going to love trying this product)
  • JOLII Cosmetics Spektra Stick in Stella (My beauty review partner was very excited to snatch this up)
  • Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (excited to try this brand but why do subscription boxes keep giving me black eyeliners)
  • Lovecraft Beauty Bronzer Palette (so pretty)
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy That’s So Betty Eyeshadow Palette (This is gorgeous and I’m excited to give it a try this weekend)
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy Lipgloss in All Jazzed Up (Add On)
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy Satin Lipstick in Mauve It Baby (Add On)

GlossyBox October Reveal

GlossyBox October 2019

This is my very first subscription box from GlossyBox. This month I received a few products I’ve never heard of but was excited to try and a few I have heard of and already like. GlossyBox does not feature full size products, more like deluxe travel size. So you can get a good “try” out of each product. This month included:

  • John Masters Organics Geranium & Grapefruit Body Wash and Body Milk. They smell really good…light and citrusy.
  • BellaPierre Pro Concealer Palette – This concealer palette is actually full size and it’s quite wonderful. There are three different color correcting concealers that go on smooth and work quite well. They did not cake and smoothed out some uneven areas on my face from scarring. This was a new brand and I’m looking forward to trying more products from BellaPierre.
  • Minus 417 Firming Radiant Mud Mask – I’ve never heard of this brand before either, but this mask is delicious! It smells amazing and made my skin super soft and moisturized. I will be investing in a full size bottle of this mask.
  • Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Polishing Micro-Exfoliating Truffle Face Gommage – It’s a MOUTHFUL of a product name but it’s luxurious in it’s exfoliating power. I can’t believe how wonderful my face felt afterwards! I didn’t want to finish my nighttime routine because this product made my skin feel like I just came home from a spa treatment! Definitely investing in a full size of this product!
  • Illamasqua Mini Hydra Veil – I’ve heard of this brand and so far, it hasn’t worked out for me but this product is a holy grail of primers. Not only does it moisturize my skin, it primed my face so well my make-up went on like melted butter and looked so luminous and evenly toned afterwards. Again, another product I’m going to invest in a full size of.

Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by this month’s finds. I’ve only signed up for a 3 month run of GlossyBox so I have to see how the next 2 months pan out before I commit any further. But so far, I’m liking this subscription!!! If you can, I suggest you give it a try. Maybe you will find some unknown gems like I did!

Allure Beauty Box October Reveal

Allure Beauty Box October 2019

I am in love with this month’s Allure Beauty Box. Sure, they are not full size products but I look at is as an opportunity to try new things without the excessive cost AND to stock up my travel bag!!! This month Allure featured some things I already loved and some things I was dying to try that were on my wish list! It was a total WIN!!!

  • Sunday Riley Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream (wish list item)
  • M-61 PowerGlow Peel (wish list item)
  • Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (LOVE IT!!! Now I have a small tub for travel)!
  • ModelCo Metallic Eyeshadow Trio in St. Tropez AND Eyelites in Granite (an eyeshadow and a liquid cream shadow)
  • Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt in Dream Away (Awesome! Smells fantastic and makes your skin silky smooth and is so relaxing).
  • Lumify Eye drops (the best eye drops that exist).

If you don’t subscribe to Allure Beauty Box, you are truly missing out on some great finds each month! It’s one of my favorite subscriptions because of variety and volume and the price is just right!

October Boxy Charm Reveal

Boxy Charm October 2019

I was not impressed by my Boxy Charm box this month. Here is what was included:

  • Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Blushing Berries
  • Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm
  • Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss
  • Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Radiant Dew Mist
  • Luna by Luna Eyeliner in Baby Blue

The only thing in this box that I was impressed with was the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm.

I LOVED this skin balm. Matter-of-fact, when my back-up product reviewer came to pick up the rest of the items in this box so she could review them, she was amazed at how good this balm made my skin look! This is a product I would rate 5 stars and would buy again! It smells delicious and made my skin glow and feel extra soft! This is the 2nd product I have tried by this brand and both times I was extremely impressed.

September Subscription Reveal – Allure Beauty Box

I know I’m running behind but it’s been trial and error setting up all the social media connections to go with this site, so I very much appreciate your patience!

September 2019 Allure Beauty Box

September’s Allure Beauty Box included:

Ciate London Dewy Stick. I’m was excited to try this and it was great. It created a subtle “dew” look. I’m not a huge fan of makeup sticks but this will work nice when traveling and space is at a premium.

NatureLab Perfect Smooth shampoo and conditioner. I really liked the citrusy smell of these products but I was not impressed with the conditioning power of the conditioner. It took almost the whole bottle to feel like my hair was properly covered. I would probably not buy it in the store.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita – I have come to really love NARS. I never would have thought to try them but every time I receive a trial, I am impressed. This lip pencil went on smooth and not clumpy and created an evenly distributed line to my lower and upper lip. I was able to blend it with one of my favorite lip glosses and it created quite a stunning look. When your husband says your mouth looks different in a very good way, a girl definitely pays attention! I will look into purchasing more NARS products.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub – I have not tried this yet. I’m nervous trying new face products as my skin is sensitive and I’m prone to breakouts. I will give this a go once I have the chance to do more research.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Eczema Soothing Relief Cream – I do not have Eczema but I know someone who does so I had them try this and it was a hit. So much so that a full size was purchased. It was not greasy and calmed the flare up better than expected. The smell was overwhelmingly medicinal either, so that was a plus!

Nutrafol Hair Wellness from Within capsules came as a bonus. While they seem great, I already take Sugar Bear Hair supplements and they have been amazing. With Sugar Bear Hair I take 2 supplements but these capsules require 4 for the serving size and that’s more than I want to take. It’s a seven day supply that I will set aside for as a giveaway.

September Subscription Box – Ipsy Glam Bag

This Months

September’s Ipsy Glam Bag features some pretty great finds…and a little bit of a mess. The box was damaged in shipping but almost everything inside was undamaged. Included I found Nomad Cosmetics Underground Intense Eyeshadow Palette, Apto Skincare Pomegranate Mask, Ciate London Extraordinary Translucent Powder, Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Solar, and Ofra Cosmetics Madison Miller Midi Palette.

Nomad Cosmetics Berlin Underground Eyeshadow Palette – I adore this palette. the colors are rich and vibrant. They go on flawlessly and look just as rich on the eye as they do in the palette. The are super pigmented and have real staying power, especially in the Florida humidity. These colors are metallic and perfect for a night out at the club or, in my case, a night at the football field (my son’s team colors were featured in this collection and they looked stunning on my eyes)
Ciante London Extraordinary Translucent Powder
This powder was AMAZING!!! I had never tried it before and I’m always nervous that a new product is going to cause my face to break out, but this product did not. It went on flawlessly and smoothly and really evened out my look. My face looked dewy and fresh and I will definitely purchase this product when this runs out.
Apto Pomegranate Mask
This mask smells fresh and clean but I have not had the chance to give it a try. I will give it a go later in the week and let you know my thoughts
Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Solar
This lipstick looks fancy but the reality was anything but. The lipstick did not glide on easily and felt heavy on my lips. As time progressed, my lips began to feel like they were coated in glue. The color did not complement my skin tone and I could not get past the way it made my lips feel. On a positive note, I ate with it on and it stayed in place. It took makeup wipes to remove the lipstick, so it has real staying power, which is a plus.
Ofra Cosmetics Madison Miller Midi Palette
I was so excited to try this product but sadly, this is how the product arrived. It gave me a chance to contact Ipsy but that was not an easy feat. I finally sent an inquiry to get this replaced and Ipsy contacted me back within 2 hours and sent out a replacement. I’ll update my thoughts when I receive the replacement.