Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means? It’s time to find the perfect gift! But what do you get for the woman who has done so much for you? Or for your Mom Tribe? Well, keep on reading, because I’m here to give you some ideas to make your shopping that much easier.
The Gifts That Keep On Giving
I wanted to start with this category because these are the gifts that keep on giving, and show the moms in your world that you care… frequently throughout the year… but what are these gifts? Why some great quality Subscription boxes of course! Find my top 3 below:
For The Mom Who Like A Little Bit Of Everything: FabFitFun.
Seriously, this subscription is amazing and comes with so many perks in addition to the full size goodies in the box (which range from beauty, to fitness, to fashion, to self care), including their FabFitFun TV. FabFitFun TV has everything from Cooking Demonstrations to Meditations to Workouts and more.
Upbox is a newer subscription service that is super affordable and filled with a variety of self-care products, including bath bombs and salts, body washes, candles, face masks, body creams and more. One of the cool things about this service, is that every month they pick a Bible verse and then plan the entire box around that theme.
For The Mom Who Loves Trying New Skincare Products: C’Nu Skincare
C’Nu Skincare is a subscription service specializing in providing Natural Luxury Skincare products. And the cool part? For every subscription sold, they donate a subscription to Dress for Success to empower women in need.https://seenewskincare.com/collections/home-page
Gifts For Skincare and Self Care
These are some gifts for the Moms in your life that love all things skincare and self care.
I don’t know about you, but as each year ticks by, I continue to search for products that will help keep my skin looking “yeouthful.” Retinol is a great ingredient to do just that… And when combined with the ingredients of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Aloe, you have Yeouth Skincare’s Retinol 2.5 Serum.
Retinol – Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that stimulates the renewal of skin cells, therefore diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing out the skin and even preventing acne outbreaks.
Hyaluronic Acid – This is a miracle ingredient that hydrates the skin and stimulates cell regeneration.
Vitamin E – This antioxidant protects the skin from free radicals and reduces skin damage caused by UV rays. It is also commonly referred to as a “wound healer.”
Aloe – This ingredient is known to soothe the skin and reduce irritations and inflammations.
The Verdict: I have been using this serum for the past few weeks, and while it can take months to see the full benefits of retinol, but I have noticed my skin smoothing out.
Please note – Since this product contains retinol, my skin has been more sensitive to exfoliants and certain ingredients since I started using it. But the redness does go away after about half an hour, and the Aloe and Hyaluronic Acid help keep the skin soothed and moisturized.
Who else is glad it’s Friday?! I know I am, and that means it’s time for another Face Mask Friday. Woohoo!
A little over a week ago, I received 16 different K Beauty face masks from Cos W Cosmetics, and I decided to try the Tea Tree one first. Tea Tree Oil is such a great ingredient for skin. It has the ability to soothe sensitive skin, calm redness, reduce inflammation, clear up breakouts and so much more.
The Verdict: With the scent of tea tree oil (it kind of smelled like a spa!), this face mask felt soothing to the skin from the moment is was applied. And the Tencel Cupro Fabric (it’s thinner and more absorbent than cotton) this mask is made out of almost magnetically sticks to the skin and stays in place. Afterwards, my skin felt refreshed and in the following days, my breakouts from a derma roller experience (we’ll go into that later) started to go away. You should totally check out this affordable face mask (it comes in the pack of 16 for only $9.99).
I love mud masks for detoxifying the skin. They help clear up acne, minimize pores, exfoliate, fight the signs of aging and give the skin a deep cleanse.
Now, imagine that mud mask is a turned into a sheet mask. That is exactly what Patchology did with their SmartMud Detox Mask. It’s a mud mask without the mess… well, at least most of the mess. LOL. It is a little messy with application because the mud on the sheet, but much better than taking it straight out of a jar.
The Verdict: This 2 piece mud mask is another Pathology winner! Using volcanic ash sourced from South Korea, this mask left my skin deeply cleansed and glowing.
Happy Skincare Sunday! Hopefully you all had a great weekend and are adjusting to the time change and lost hour of sleep. Not going to lie, Spring Forward is always a little rough for me… LOL.
So, I normally love all things Bliss. I always love their Oxygen Facials at their spas, use their Makeup Melt to remove my makeup and have a lot of success with their masks. That said, I was excited to finally try their Fabulips Sugar Scrub and Polish and had such high hopes for it. I really wanted to love it. But… to be completely honest with you… it was just ok.
With ingredients that include natural oils, vitamins and butters, this product is incredibly moisturizing.
It smells delish!
With sugar granules and walnut shells, you would think this would be a great scrub… but it’s not. It barely exfoliates the lips.
It leaves the lips and skin around your mouth very oily.
The Verdict – I would not recommend this product. There are better options out there.
A huge thank you to The Healing Tree for sending me these Collagen Face Masks for Acne Prone Skin to review. I tried one earlier this week, and the mask has a relaxing minty scent and feels very cooling on the skin.
This mask is both environmentally friendly (it even uses biodegradable paper) and filled with effective ingredients. See below:
Fish Collagen – Did you know fish collagen is a Type 1 collagen that absorbs more efficiently than any other form of collagen? It is a great anti-aging ingredient that makes the skin look smoother and firmer while increasing cell regeneration.
Calendula – Extracted from Marigolds, Calendula oil is thought to possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory elements, which makes it a common skincare ingredient to fight and clear up acne.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea Tree Oil is known to have a lot of benefits for skin. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic elements, making it a great ingredient to fight acne, soothe skin and itchiness and even help heal wounds.
After using this face mask, I did not notice much of an immediate difference in my skin… BUT, in the following days, I did notice that my breakouts started to clear up. That said, if you are looking for a mask that works instantly, this might not be for you. But if you are ok waiting a couple days for the ingredients of this mask to improve your skin, you should totally check it out.
I love collecting clothes. The beauty of clothes is what goes around comes around, so with that collection comes an abundant wardrobe that ends up being more affordable in the end. While not all of my old clothes fit thanks to two little girls and a post-baby body, I’m still lucky enough to have some items that still do the trick.
Now, I have fun shopping my closet and pairing old pieces with new items. Take this outfit for example. I just got these Wild Fable jeans for $20 at Target earlier this week and paired them with this leopard print jacket (that has been in my closet for a lot of years) and viola… I have a fresh outfit that only cost me $20 in recent years.
In addition to shopping my closet, I also tried the Laura Mercier’s metallic eyeshadows I received in my Influenster Vox Box. I love the Caviar Stick Eye Color. It goes on smoothly and even. Plus, the Magnetic Pink is so pretty on. As for the Caviar Chrome Veil Liquid Eye Color in Rose Gold Metal… The color is very pretty, but it goes on very blotchy. That said, as soon as I blended it in, it looked great, especially paired with Pixi Beauty’s Antique Rose and Metallic Rose shadows from their Eye Reflection Shadow Palette.
A few weeks ago, Panacea sent me this Daily Facial Cleanser to try. I have been using it ever since… and I kinda love it!
This creamy cleanser does a great job of cleansing your face without drying it out thanks to a perfect combination of the below ingredients:
Moisture Shield Complex – made up of Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Methylpropanediol, this complex leaves the skin radiant and moisturized.
Laminaria Japonica – this Japanese seaweed removes toxins, leaving behind glowing skin.
Vitamin E – this antioxidant prevents UV damage and protects the skin from free radicals.
Green Tea Extract – this antioxidant has anti-aging and skin soothing benefits.
Fig Extract – this ingredient is known to increase skin hydration and can decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne.
Ever since I started using this Panacea cleanser, I have noticed that it helps my skin keep that healthy glow while reducing the number of breakouts. Plus, a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. You’ll be happy to know that it is also Paraben-Free, Cruelty-Free and Sulfate-Free. You should totally check it out.
*Please note, Panacea sent me this Daily Facial Cleanser to try.
Mojito and a mask? Now that sounds like the perfect way to kick off the weekend!
I have been having a lot of breakouts recently (I swear, I have more breakouts in my 30s than I did in my teens! Anyone else?), so when I saw this fun looking mask at Riley Rose I knew I had to try it.
The Leaders Insolution Juicy Mojito Clearing Mask is made with the below great ingredients and claims to clear up and smooth skin.
Lime Peel Extract – treats acne, blemishes and dark spots while possessing anti-aging properties. It also leaves your skin glowing.
Coconut – moisturizes, fights the signs of aging and stimulates the production of collagen.
The Verdict: It totally works! I used this face mask last night, and my skin felt instantly smoother afterwards, my breakouts were less pronounced and my skin looked so much better this morning. Plus… it smells like a Mojito! If you struggle with breakouts, you should totally check it out.
By now, you know I’m a huge fan of serums and their ability to fight off the signs of aging, so I was excited to try Yeouth Skincare’s Vitamin C & E Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. This gel serum has the perfect ingredients to achieve that “Yeouth”-ful look:
Vitamin C – This antioxidant boosts collagen production, improving skins elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while preventing new ones.
Vitamin E – This antioxidant protects the skin from free radicals and reduces skin damage caused by UV rays. Vitamin E is also commonly known as a “wound healer.”
Hyaluronic Acid – the miracle ingredient that is showing up in tons of skincare products, Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the skin and stimulates cell regeneration, acting similar to retinol but without the side effects.
I have been using this serum for two weeks, and I am a fan. It has definitely helped my skin stay hydrated during these bitter cold days and has helped my skin achieve that youthful look.