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Skin care Saturday … on a Sunday: Boscia Tsubaki Jelly Ball Cleanser

Happy Sunday, y’all! This post is a day late because I wanted to have an extra day with this product. You may or may not realize, but I am kind of a die-hard Boscia fan. I have yet to come across any of their products that don’t blow me away. I first became aware of their products when I saw RawBeautyKristi review the charcoal jelly ball cleanser. I immediately knew that this product needed to be in my life. You can read my review of that one here. I was in love. Truly, madly, deeply.

Then, I became aware of their tsubaki line. Having dry skin, this line seemed a much better choice for my skin. I have been using their Tsubaki Swirl moisturizer for a few weeks, and will have that review up next week. After using the moisturizer for a while, I tweeted the company and said they really needed a tsubaki jelly ball cleanser, and their response confirmed that it was happening. Sure enough, a few weeks later, it was all over Sephora’s website. Oh happy day!!!

I immediately ordered one and the waiting game began. I am not a patient person, and I could have gone into town to the Sephora, but I didn’t know if they had it. It’s a small store inside our small JC Penny, so their stock is pretty limited. Besides, I’d rather wait than be disappointed. So, I waited. One of the perks of having Rouge status is free 3-day shipping. Well, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Anyway, the glorious day finally arrived …

Look at how beautiful that is!!! Bear in mind, it is very slippery haha and you need to keep a tight hold of it, or it’ll bounce all over your bathroom. That may or may not have happened to me … several times hahaha

Tsubaki is another name for camellia. It is known to hydrate, firm and is full of antioxidants, which offer protection from free radical damage. Rice bran helps with anti-aging by providing essential nutrients to fight UV damage, reduces dark spots and helps with micro-circulation. Tamarindus Indica seed gum contains hyaluronic acid, which attracts moisture to the skin, helping to plump fine lines, which helps reduce their appearance. Also packed into this wonder ball you will find jojoba, orange and grapefruit peel oils, lime oil, mentha arvensis leaf oil (also known as wild mint, or field mint), which appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, and bergamot oil, which helps to unclog pores. WOW! This little ball is chock full of fantastic ingredients!

 

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It doesn’t seem to have as rich of a lather as the charcoal ball, but it still lathers nicely. My skin does not feel tight after I rinse, and it feels moisturized. In fact, the tops of my cheeks are always dry, sometimes to the point of burning. This is actually working to reverse that! I can feel improvement in that area. There is a definite citrus scent, but it’s not strong or off-putting. It is more of an orange scent. In fact, it reminds me of the scent of children’s chewable aspirin, which is a pleasant childhood scent, oddly enough haha I find it to be pleasant anyway, and as I said, it is not strong. However, for those sensitive to scents, it is there. It does come from a natural ingredient, though, if that makes a difference for you and your skin.

I instantly fell in love with this cleanser, even more than the charcoal variety. I didn’t think that was even possible! I ordered another in my part two of the Sephora sale. (The sale ends 11/15, so if you haven’t taken advantage of these discounts, do it quickly! I had a few items in my cart that sold out, and I got my feelings hurt haha) This item is limited edition, and I have no idea how long it’ll be around. I really hope they will see the demand for this and make it permanent. What will my skin do when it disappears??

When I really love a product, it’s really obvious. I try to wait until the end of the review to give my final thoughts, but I just can’t. Also, I’m not the best poker player, for the same reason hahahaha

Have you guys tried this jelly cleanser, or the charcoal one? How about any other products in the tsubaki line? What do you think about them? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

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Midweek Mask ~ Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask

Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely week. I’m going to cross my fingers and hope my tech issues are well behind me now. I finally got my replacement phone from Apple on Monday, and getting everything set up and remembering passwords, etc has taken a bit longer than I thought it would.  I love writing and it was actually my childhood dream to be a writer, and here I am, spreading my words and thoughts literally across the globe! Having technology get in the way of that has been a huge frustration. Ah well … I believe I am over the hump now and I can finally return to blogging on a consistent basis.

So let’s talk about this mask from Boscia. All Boscia products are also available at Sephora. I have become a bit of a Boscia junkie. I am currently testing out two other cool products of theirs to review on here, which should be up next week. They come out with some really innovative and down right cool products. There has not been one product of theirs, that I have tried, that I didn’t like. Not even one that I have been just “meh” about. They have all blown me away, and this mask is no exception.

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This packaging is adorable! I dunno why, but I am a sucker for pink packaging, and pink isn’t even my favorite color haha The original mask comes in black, but I just love the pink! I am pretty sure the only difference between the two is the color. There is an ever so slight scent, but I can’t place it. It’s not bad, but it is there. Looking at the ingredients, it might be eucalyptus, because it a bit medicinal, but pleasant. Well, pleasant if you like those types of scents. As I said above, the scent is slight. I kind of like skin care like this to smell a bit medicinal. It gives me the impression that it’s actually doing something, whether it is or not. Eucalyptus is a great herbal, though, and it has the ability to calm redness, which you will see momentarily. It’s also antibacterial and antiseptic, which is great if you are breaking out.

This mask is a bit goopy and comes out of the tube quite readily, which I was not prepared for. Most masks that contain clay are pretty thick, and this one is much thinner than what I’m used to. My bathroom may or may not have looked like an icing incident occurred.

Note how very close in color the mask is to my donut, although I don’t think it tastes nearly as good hahahahaha (please don’t try it to find out haha) I really wish my bathroom had better lighting. I might work on that this weekend, in fact. Everything comes out redder than it really is, and I don’t want to edit photos like these. That just seems unfair.

This mask took a long time to dry down. The instructions say to give it 30 minutes, and I gave it closer to 45 and there were still two spots that hadn’t fully dried, which I discovered when I started to peel. You are supposed to put a thick, even layer on, which I did. The peeling process was … interesting. It sticks to your skin very well. There were videos a while back on YouTube of people putting masks on that very nearly pulled peoples’ face skin off. This wasn’t to that degree, but there were some spots that were a bit uncomfortable upon removal. Definitely avoid your eyebrows and the baby hairs along your hairline. I lost a few because I got too close haha This mask has definite sticking power! I don’t view that as a bad thing, though. To me, a mask like that is really going to clean out those pores.

The first picture is immediately after the mask removal and the second picture I took a few days later. In the first, my face is much brighter, and the redness doesn’t appear to be so bad. I mean, it’s there. Nothing short of a laser is going to remove those broken capillaries. In the second, my skin looks a little dull, so the luminizing aspect 100% works with this product. I have also noticed that my redness since using the mask has been reduced. I wish I would have taken a before photo, but I didn’t notice the eucalyptus until after the fact. To be fair, this is not advertised as a redness reducer, but it has been a bit of an added bonus for me, that has lasted. I can’t say it’ll have that same effect for everyone, but it might.

Alright, y’all, I think it’s obvious how I feel about this one. The price tag is a bit hefty, at $34 for not quite 3 ounces. That’s not chump change. However, there are some things that are worth a heavier price tag, and I just think anything from Boscia is worth that premium. If there was one company whose PR list I would love to be on, it would be theirs. Every thing that comes from them is a hit, and so, so good for the skin. Well, my skin anyway. If you haven’t tried any of their products, check out their website, or Sephora. I have two more products from them that will be in upcoming posts. One will be up this Saturday and one will be up next week. This is definitely a company that produces quality skin care products, without a doubt.

What do y’all think? Have any of you tried this mask? How about any other Boscia products? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Mid Week Mask ~ Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding

Long time no chat, y’all! I’m not going to go into a lengthy explanation for my absence, other than to say my health sucks and it’s been a rough few weeks. I hate having chronic diseases, more so when they interfere with the things I really enjoy, and I really enjoy blogging. Needless to say, I haven’t done much product testing over the last few weeks, but the products have been pouring in! I have so many cool, new products that I can’t wait to talk with y’all about!

On one of my many trips to Sephora since they have opened inside my local JC Penny, I used some points and got a sample size of Boscia’s Charcoal Pore Pudding. I think sample sizes of skin care products are the way to go. Boscia is a higher priced brand and if you don’t like it, or it causes a reaction or break-out, it could be a lot of money and time wasted. Luckily, for me at least, Boscia is a wonderful fit for my skin. They have quickly become a favorite, and when it comes to skin care, price doesn’t much matter, within reason. This is our only skin, and taking care of it is of the utmost importance, I think. Unfortunately, I came to that conclusion a bit late in life, so I am playing catch-up.

If you have never seen this product, you are in for a treat!

How cool is that?? One nice thing about this is the directions say that is can be used all over, or just on areas that are giving you trouble. I have used it both ways. I seem to be experiencing some mid-40s sporadic acne, which could well be hormonal related. When I get a pimple, I like to use a clay based mask, and just cover the blemish. I leave the mask dot on overnight, so it has plenty of time to absorb all the bacteria and help to dry it out. Some work better than others, and this is one that works well. It’s not an overnight miracle, but it helps tremendously.

I also like to use clay based masks when my health takes a turn. A lot of toxins are excreted through our skin, and I feel like a clay mask just helps to get the toxins out better than other products. That’s exactly what I did last week. As you all know, my health isn’t the best, and the last few weeks have been particularly rough. I saw this sitting in my mask bin and thought it would be perfect!

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Hehe I love making silly faces when I take mask photos. The directions instruct to mix the colors, once on your skin, to create this grey shade. I think a swirled mask would look really cool, but it would be pretty hard to maintain that when spreading it out on your face.

Let’s talk performance! Clay can be quite drying, because it is good at absorbing all sorts of things, but particularly oils. We need our face oils, so using a product that strips them totally can actually cause oily skin. After using such a product, your skin is like “Aw shoot, no oil! I’m vulnerable!” It goes into overdrive to replenish what was lost, and it can really be a problem. That is not the case with this product. In fact, I left it on much longer than the recommended 15-20 minutes, without any ill effect. I seem to get distracted when it’s time to remove these masks haha There are masks that become very uncomfortable as they dry, but not Pore Pudding. This particular one is so comfortable, that it is easy to forget it’s even on! When I finally got around to removing it, my skin felt great! It felt deep cleaned and fresh, without feeling like a desert.

I will definitely be purchasing the full size jar when I use up this sample. I have so many masks to test out, but this will be a permanent addition to my regular skin care regime, for sure! Have you tried Pore Pudding? What is your favorite skin care line? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Skincare Saturday ~ Boscia Jelly Ball Cleanser

Happy Saturday, y’all! Okay, so remember yesterday when I excitedly said I didn’t have anywhere to go today? Sigh … it never works out like that, does it? To be fair, today’s outing was totally for my own benefit. Bath & Body Works may have been having a buy two get two free candle sale. I may have gotten eight candles, plus a really cool candle holder. I also may have gotten some items at the Clinique counter at my local Belk store, along with some delicates. And I may have gone to New York & Company and gotten a super cute tank top and cardigan to match. All just maybes, though hahaha For some reason, I have been really into cardigans lately. I must be channeling my inner Fred Rogers, but I am all about them right now. I think in the last two months, I have purchased seven of them. What is that about??

Something else really cool that I have added to my hoard of goods is the Boscia Charcoal Jelly Ball cleanser. Ummm, have y’all seen this?? I watched a video from Raw Beauty Kristi and I knew I had to try this thing out! She’s one of my favorite Youtubers. She’s hilarious, talented and honest, all very important qualities for success. The jelly ball cleanser is unlike anything you have every encountered. The first time I tried it, I dropped it no less than six times. It’s unusual and does take some getting used to.

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It comes encased in a balloon, to keep it from drying out, I assume. They even provide a little pick and detailed instructions on puncturing the balloon. You can use it a few different ways. One, is wet your face and the ball, and just rub the ball over your face Two, wet the ball and create a lather in your hands with it, then use that to wash your face. I use the first option, but I use my hands to rub the lather around on my face, after using the ball. I guess I combined the two. Either way you choose, your face will get squeaky clean, I promise.

If you are looking for a sweet smelling face wash, this is not it. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t smell bad. It has a medicinal smell, though. I thought it might be camphor, but it’s not listed as an ingredient. Maybe it’s the hinoki oil, which has astringent properties? It’s not a bad smell, by any means. Just unexpected, when facial cleansers tend to smell flowery or sweet. I actually like the scent. It smells like it’s actually cleaning my face, instead of like I face planted in a flower garden.

I ordered this from Sephora and it arrived last Thursday. I have been washing with it twice a day, for a just over week, so I could give you a truly fair review. For starters, my face feels amazing after every time I use it. It feels absolutely, without a doubt, clean. I always follow a double cleanse method and remove my makeup, no matter what I am using to cleanse my face with, and I didn’t change that. Kristi used the jelly ball to remove a full face of dark purple makeup, and that was what actually convinced me to give this a shot. It removed every speck and crumb of makeup from her face! I will link her video here. Like I said, I just automatically remove my makeup before I cleanse, but you certainly don’t have to, if you don’t want to.

The second thing I noticed, within three days maybe, was my rosacea was significantly improved. My face does redden while I am washing, but I think that’s because I am quite fair-skinned, and any friction is going to cause redness. However, after I rinse and dry my face, you can almost watch the redness fade. I have had another cleanser reduce my redness, but nothing like this. I can’t help but to stare at my skin for a little while when I’m done. It has been so many years since I have seen my actual skin color. I had honestly forgotten what it looked like. Welcome back, peachy-pink skin tone! It’s not a miracle cure, I know that. When I get hot (which has been my entire existence the past few weeks), it does show up, but it is significantly reduced from what it used to be. Keep in mind I have been using this product a week!

Now, you had to know there would be a con. It pains me to even talk about this part. In a week, the ball has shrunk by half. I have used half of it in eight days. At $20, that is simply not sustainable. Y’all, my heart shattered when I realized just how much it had shrunk. I don’t know how to make it last longer. I don’t think I’m using too much product. I mean, it kind of self dispenses, if you think about it. I am heartbroken, because I know I won’t be able to afford to spend $40 a month to wash my face, despite the results I have seen. I spent that on a bottle of Purity Made Simple, by philosophy. It’s almost as good, but a 16 oz bottle has lasted me three months so far. If any of you have used this and know a way to make it last longer, please let me know!

Okay, y’all, there it is. I love, love, love this product. It’s just not something that I consider sustainable. If you can afford $40/month, then I recommend this product with every fiber of my being. (hahaha geeez, dramatic much, Carrie? haha) Seriously, it IS that good in my opinion. If you can’t afford it, I would suggest asking for it for your birthday or any other gift-giving holiday you celebrate. I think it’s a perfectly appropriate gift. Or, gift yourself every now and then ; )

So, what do you guys think? Have you used this product before? Love it as much as I do? Hate it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good