The Best Sheet Mask I've Ever Tried!

Ok, I know that’s a bold statement but if you stick around long enough, you’ll find out why. As someone who constantly blogs about skincare products, you would probably have figured out by now that skin care is important to me. Not only does a great skincare routine ensure that your skin looks better but it is ESSENTIAL for fighting the signs of aging. Sheet masks are perfect for that!

The Best Sheet Mask I've Ever Tried!

The Reason Good Skin Care Is Important…..

Because as we age, and I’ll spare you the long drawn out, scientific explanation, our skin looses elasticity so it becomes even more important to stay hydrated. Hydrated skin will remain flexible and allow our protective barrier to remain intact.

Since When uses bio-cellulose sheets, the hydrating formula is able to work more effectively than most skin products when it comes to hydration. I’ll talk more about that in a minute.

The Best Sheet Mask I've Ever Tried!

First Impression….

When I got this in the mail the other day I immediately opened one up and tried it because I had a long day and needed some R&R.

The packaging is sleek with a nice design and light weight which is great for traveling. Each “package” contains 1 sheet mask with instructions on the back on how to apply.

Snow Magic –

Which comes in the blue packaging, has aloe vera which is a great natural ingredient for calming and soothing skin.

Glamour Base-

Which comes in the green packaging, (my favorite) has a nice coconut scent and uses the coconut base to even out skin tones and provides a great base for applying makeup.

The Best Sheet Mask I've Ever Tried!

Who Is When?

In their own words….

When, launched by J.C People in July 2011, is a premium face mask brand taking extra care of your skin at anytime, anywhere, in any situations. High-quality and unique, our face masks have been receiving overwhelming responses from overseas buyers. Headquartered in Korea, we have successfully started our international expansion in November 2012 by launching in the US via the world’s largest cosmetics sales channel, Sephora. We have further expanded to reach Europe, China, and the Middle East. We strive to become a worldwide leading face mask brand.

Our mission is to develop and deliver sustainable, high value-adding products with innovative functions and creative design. We want to offer reliable products with:
1) low irritation risk and 2) high effectiveness that consumers can buy with 3) confidence.”

The Best Sheet Mask I've Ever Tried!

How To Use…..

Wash your face with a gentle skin cleanser and dry before applying the mask. There’s three layers of this sheet mask, so I would suggest first taking the hardest layer on the back off. This will reveal the jelly-like formula that’s infused with the mask.

Place the exposed formula side carefully onto your face and position it so that it forms perfectly to the shape of your face avoiding your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Lastly, peel of the front layer. This last layer is kind of hard to see because it’s more transparent than the first hard layer located on the back.

So, to recap how to put the mask on, you peel the hard part of the back and the transparent thin part off of the front, so basically, the actual mask will be in the middle of those two.

The mask instructions suggest removing the mask after 30 minutes. You can follow their directions and that’s fine but I left mine on for 2 hours and felt like I got more out of it when I left if on that much longer (don’t be alarmed if the mask feels a bit tight after the 2 hours, it won’t hurt when you peel it off).

8 Best Things About This Product……..

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates
  • VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE!!!!!
  • Feels amazing one!
  • My skin has never looked better!
  • Affordable ( only $7 at Sephora) !!
  • Bio-Cellulose sheets have proven to be gentle enough to use on burn patients!

Finally, The Results……

Before I get into the results I need to tell you a little bit of background info first. I’ve never talked about one skin problem that has actually been the BIGGEST problem to me when it comes to my skin imperfections.

No, it’s not dryness or acne or oiliness or any problems such as those that most people deal with. My biggest insecurity with my skin is my skin tone. It’s uneven and very red due to years of my ignorant non-use of sunscreen.

Seriously, I used to go to a tanning salon when I was a teenager and tan for hours on end with no sunscreen what so ever and mind you, I did all of this while also being on acne products that contained salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide! If you’ve ever had to deal with any form of acne in your life, then you know this is a huge MISTAKE!

Ever since then no matter how many products I’ve tried or how much sunscreen I wore, nothing could completely relieve me of my redness!

I’ve tried sheet masks in the past and while some of them did hydrate my skin, they did nothing to rid me of the redness. That is until I tried the Glamour Base mask that I’m talking about today!

I can’t even tell you how relieved I am to finally have found a product that can help me with this!! I know you’re probably thinking that because I got this for free, I must be lying. I swear on my life that it is that GOOD!

I liked Snow Magic as well but Glamour Base is what really did it for me!

Where Can I Buy It?

I know that after hearing me sing their praises in this post you’re probably wondering, “Well, where can I get one Channing?” Below is a list of places where you can find it.

Sephora

Ulta Beauty

Anthropologie (Online Only)

Bartell Drugs

Beautychoice.com (Online Only)

Birchbox (Online Only)

Rickys NYC

Starboard Cruise Services

 

What skincare product was a breakthrough for you? Tell me below!

—–Also If you haven’t seen my last post, you can check it out here.

***This is a sponsored post. I recieved this product from When Masks Via Brandbacker. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and honest.***

 

 

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Vegan 5 Ingredient Flourless Brownies

Ever since spring has hit, I’ve been super focused on getting healthy and fit. I know, I know….how cliche of me lol.

I’ve been exercising every day for at least 30 mins & eating “healthy” foods. That’s been the number one reason for changing my eating habits, but I also was motivated for another reason.

Recently, I’ve felt like the universe has been sending me signals (I’m not crazy, I promise) in the way of videos and social media content talking about animal abuse. One in particular that stood out to me was a sweet little dog named baby who was abused by a sick person.

I was torn because I sort of wished I hadn’t seen the video, but also I think it needs to be seen so these individuals can be put to justice. If you have a little bit of time, I would appreciate if you would sign this petition.

Long story short, I’ve been more conscious of the foods I eat & I want to attempt to go the vegan route which is why I wanted to share this vegan brownie recipe with you and even if you’re not trying to go vegan, it’s a super healthy recipe for getting into shape.

Vegan 5 Ingredient Flourless Brownies

Vegan 5 Ingredient Flourless Brownies

This was my first time really trying out a vegan recipe and I have to say, it took A LOT of trial and error to get it right. The original recipe which can be found here, had only three ingredients and while it might work and be easy for some people, I found that I had to make some tweaks of my own to get it to the taste that I like.

If you’re like me and love sweets, the original recipe won’t be sweet enough for you, but with a couple additions, I think it’s totally doable.

Last year, I made these brownies which are what inspired me to try out the vegan version.

Vegan 5 Ingredient Flourless Brownies

Vegan 5 Ingredient Flourless Brownies

Another thing I definitely want to stress is that before you get started, make sure you have some sort of nonstick spray or vegan butter because I didn’t and those puppies stuck like cement!

***Update: Please Read***

Given that this is my first time experimenting with vegan recipes and veganism itself, I’m still learning what is and is not considered vegan. After reading a comment from a reader, I’ve found out that my addition of honey is not correct in keeping with vegan standards, so if you want 100% vegan, just leave out the honey and thanks to Jenny, I now know that you can substitute with flax or chia “egg” which is 1 TBSP ground flax or chia and 3 TBSP of water mixed. Once left it becomes a thick gel and it great for binding. Sorry for the misinformation!

 

Without any further ado, here’s that recipe!

Vegan 5 Ingredient Flourless Brownies
Recipe Type: Dessert
An easy & cheap flourless vegan brownie recipe.
Ingredients
  • 3 medium, bananas (the recipe calls for overripe, but I found that mashing them down with a fork in a bowl did just as good)
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter, (or any other smooth nut butter)
  • 2 tbps – 1/4 cup cocoa powder (darker cocoa taste’s better)
  • 1/4 cup Stevia in the raw
  • 3 tbsp Honey (I’ve found that it acts as a great glue for holding the ingredients together)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9×9 inch glass baking dish or small cake pan or loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In the microwave (I found this to be the quickest & easiest) melt the nut butter for about a min.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the bananas, nut butter, cocoa powder, stevia and honey (make sure you mix well. I used my food processor to mix it together really well.)
  5. Pour the mixture into the greased dish or pan and bake for 20 minutes (depending on how fast or slow your oven cooks.)
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces.

 

Let me know if you try out this recipe and in the comments, tell me your favorite healthy dessert recipe!

 

 

 

 

Valentia – Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum Review

In my last post on Valentia products, I talked about how even though I’m only in my 20s, I’m trying to be hyper-vigilant about protecting my skin from the effects of aging. That hasn’t changed but with each passing year, I become even more aware of how much older I’m getting. I know it might sound silly to some of you, but I kind of feel like the quarter-life crisis is a real thing. Just me?

Valentia - Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum Review

When I was asked to do another review on one of Valentia’s skin care products, I didn’t hesitant in participating because I’m always on the lookout for new and great skincare products. I’m still using my true glow eye cream and ultra hydration plumping mask, but I know there’s still more problem areas that need to be addressed.

The Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum is a lactic acid serum that supports natural circulation for an overall youthful and refreshed complexion.

Product Uses:

  • Renews texture & tone
  • Deeply moisturizes
  • Minimizes fine lines
  • Increases elasticity
  • Brightens & plumps fine lines
  • Evens hyperpigmentation

What really draws me to Valentia’s products is the fact that they’re made with natural & organic ingredients. As mentioned below:

Key Ingredients:

– Wakame Bioferment (Seaweed): Increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defense.

– Gotu Kola: Lessens the appearance of scars and increases skin firmness.

– Lactic Acid: A natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.

– Licorice: Lightens unwanted pigmentation and corrects skin discoloration.

– Argan Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduced water loss and protects skin’s resiliency and elasticity.

This serum comes in a bottle that is similar in size to the true glow eye cream, so if you’ve purchased that before then you’ll have an idea of how much of the product you’re getting.

Valentia - Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum Review

It comes with a pump just like the eye cream and what I’ve been doing every night before I go to bed is first washing my face with a gentle cleanser. Then I will apply the ultra hydration plumping mask for about 15 minutes and brush my teeth while I’m waiting on the mask.

After that, I will dab the true glow eye cream on my eyes and finish off with the clear lift revitalizing serum. I pump about a quarter sized amount into the palm of my hands and then dab what is in my palm onto different parts of my face such as my forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and neck. Then I rub everything in so that it is blended well and soaks into my skin.

Here’s the tricky part. I have mild acne, so I can’t just use anti-aging products alone. After I’ve applied everything (the serum being the last step) I will wait for the serum to dry onto my skin and then use my preferred acne products. What’s so tricky about this, is that you’ll need to test a little bit on your skin first just to make sure you won’t have a bad skin reaction because you can never be too careful when combining two different skin care products.

I tested mine on a small patch to begin with just to make sure my skin wouldn’t react negatively and it didn’t which is why I didn’t have a problem using the two together.

I would also consider waiting for the product to dry before laying your head down on your pillow just in case of any stains or anything. Again, you never can be too careful.

I’ve been using this product for about 2 weeks now, and although the changes in my skin are only slightly different, I do think it’s worth the investment if you’re looking for a natural skin care product!

You can check out Valentia’s FB page here.

Let me know below in the comments how you care for your skin when it comes to aging.

*** This is a sponsored post. I received this product from Valentia via Brandbacker in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***

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