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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♥

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Midweek Mask ~ Recovering

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Good Wednesday, friends! I hope everyone is having a great week, so far. Mine has been … meh lol As I mentioned in a few previous posts, I did some traveling last week. Having a few chronic diseases, anything outside of my normal routine is very hard on my body. My fatigue is more pronounced, my joints hurt more, my rosacea flares, my face swells … you get the idea. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do to get my body back to its “normal”. As I get back into my normal routine, my body will slowly follow suit. I do have a few tricks up my sleeve, though. One is copious amounts of hot baths. The second is intensive skin care.

What that means for me is I do parts of my normal morning skin routine a few times throughout the day. Briefly, my current morning routine consists of washing with Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 Ounces, applying my current rosacea medicine, misting my face with Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, 8 oz., slathering on generous amounts of Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb the Anti-Oxidant Super Moisturizer, 1.7 Ounce, moisturizing my eye area with Clinique All About Eyes Duo Pack ( Travel Size ) - 2x7ml/0.21oz, with a few drops of squalane oil on my dryer areas. (<< affiliate links)

What I’ve been doing since I got home is the above routine in the morning, like normal. Then, I repeat this process again, sometime around midday, with lots of spritzing my face with either the Mario Badescu mist or my PETER THOMAS ROTH - Cucumber De-Tox Balancing Essence Water Mist by Peter Thomas Roth(<< affiliate link) for an additional bump in hydration. I understand that some of these products are a bit on the spendy side, but when it comes to my skin, I have found that you definitely get what you pay for. When you have problem skin, you just cannot get by with less expensive products sometimes. I tried for years, just buying drugstore products. Some are okay, but some just make the situation much worse.

Considering the condition of my poor face skin over the last few days, I felt I really needed to break out the big guns for tonight’s mask, or should I say, masks haha

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(Sorry this is so large! When I tried to size it down, it got very blurry)

First up was the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask 5.0 ounce (<<affiliate link) I didn’t take a goofy pic with that one because you simply cannot see it. Immediately, I noticed that it was very cooling. Even several minutes into the 10-minute time, if the breeze from the ceiling fan hit my face, it was instantly cooler. I would imagine this could be stored in the fridge for an even more cooling effect, during these final days of summer. Also, the squeeze bottle I have is a deluxe sample size of 1 oz. Like the Sephora sleeping masks, there are easily three to four uses in the bottle, which is awesome. I’m not sure if you are aware of how expensive Peter Thomas Roth skincare tends to be, but it’s up there. (This particular mask is one of the least expensive I have seen from the brand.)Being able to get several uses out of this sample will really give you an idea of how well the mask works for your skin and whether it’s a worthwhile investment for you.

I wish I would have taken a pic of my face with the mask on, so you could see just how much redness it took out. That could be from rinsing with cold water, but that usually doesn’t have much effect on my rosacea. I really think it was the mask. Also, I really dislike rinsing with cold water hahaha My face has NEVER felt softer. I am sitting here, literally rubbing my face and am stunned at how nice it feels. Home run, PTR!!

On to the eye pads !

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These things are THICK. There was so much serum in the package that it started pouring out as soon as I opened it! That was certainly a first for me. After a few minutes, the tops of my cheeks started burning, and not just a little. I remarked to a friend that I wasn’t sure I would make it the whole 20 minutes with these on. It did fade a few minutes later, thankfully. Once I removed the pads, there was no serum to pat in. My eye area sucked up every bit of serum there was hahaha Yay for an easily absorbed serum … boo for having such dry under eyes.

This is a situation that requires before and after shots.

Ummm … y’all … there is a definite difference in my eye puffiness. My left eye is significantly less puffy than it was. There seem to be less puffiness under my right eye, as well. Do you know how many eye pads I have used and how many have been total fails? Every single one. Until this one. I just knew this one would fail, too. I am tickled pink to be wrong about this one.  Just imagine, if my eyes look this much better after ONE treatment, how good they (and potentially your under eye) would look with regular use?? I am shook … as the kids in the beauty community say hahahaha You can find them from Birchbox (linked above) for $18 for five sets. If you used them once a week, that’s not too bad.

I am in love, y’all. Complete and total love, with both products. Still … forty minutes later, my face is smoother and softer than I have felt in a long, long time. While my under eye area doesn’t look perfect, it sure looks better than it did before the pads. Both of these products have earned a permanent place in my skin care routine, without a doubt.

Have you used either of these products before? What about eye pads … are there some you have used that gave you real results? Lemme know what they are!!

Carrie♥

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Skin Care Saturday ~ Freeman Beauty Green Tea and Orange Blossom

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Happy weekend lovelies! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday. My niece is still with me, so my weekend is a little less restful than usual. For some reason, she was up at 3:30 this morning … and stayed awake until about 7, slept until 8:30 and she is running WIDE OPEN right now. Having her for this long has made me realize that I could never have a child with the conditions I have. Kudos to the parents who are able to do it!! I simply don’t have the energy to parent like I did with my daughter, nearly twenty years ago. I’m also creeping toward my mid-forties. Don’t get me wrong, I love having my niece here, and we have a good time. It’s thoroughly exhausting, and I am not used to having to tend to someone. People are usually tending to me LOL One cool thing about having her here is she likes to pick my masks. It sure takes away my indecision haha

She chose a peel-off mask for tonight and I was glad! I feel like I need to peel away the last few days haha so this is perfect! My go-to for peel off masks is Freeman Beauty. To me, they are one of the best, as far as “drugstore” masks go. Tonight, my niece chose the green tea and orange blossom brightening mask. It helps to refine pores and improve dark spots, and is for normal to combination skin. There is a very light floral fragrance, if you are sensitive to those things. I couldn’t smell it while it was on, and could smell it only when I got very close to the open package. As with most peel off masks, it is very thick. Be careful to avoid any baby hairs you may have around your face, as well as your brows. I can never be patient enough to avoid my brows, and guess who lost a few hairs tonight? Sigh … yep … me lol

The leave-on time for this is 10-15 minutes, but they never dry in the recommended time for me. I probably apply a bit thick, because I always try to remove these types of masks in one big sheet. I am usually pretty successful, but there was one area that wasn’t quite dry, so it broke there. Sigh … hurt my feels a little.

Let’s talk about the claims … was my skin brightened? Hmm … no. It did seem to remove some of my redness once I peeled it off, and my cheeks look pretty calm in the picture above. I’m gonna call that a win. Were my pores refined? No. In fact, it seems as if the pores around my upper lip area are a bit MORE visible. Ugh … def not what I wanted to achieve. Finally, how about any dark spots? I have one spot on my left cheek, from a very deep pimple. It does, indeed, appear to be less dark. Freeman hit two out of the three claims listed for my skin. Percentage wise, that’s 66%. Not fabulous, but not terrible either. I suppose it boils down to which of the claims are more important to you. For me, this is a win! There are a few great pore blurring primers on the market that work well for me, so the fact that some of my pores seemed to be accentuated is no big deal. It removing my rosacea redness is a very bid deal for me. I have battled this blasted condition for nearly twenty years, and am having very little luck with prescription topicals. I have, only recently, found a product that cosmetically covers the redness like a champ (IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream 0.37 fl oz. by IT Cosmetics BEAUTY<<affiliate link>> … seriously look into it if you have redness. It’s pricey, but worth it.) The more redness I can remove through other means, the less product I have to use to cover it up.

Have you tried this particular peel off? What are your thoughts? How well did it live up to its claims on your skin? Do you have a better mask that you use? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Midweek Mask ~ Primrose Oil

Hello lovelies! Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day. I have procrastinated writing this evening’s blog for hours haha I took an unexpected nap around 6 this evening and that ruined me for the rest of the night. One of the problems that goes hand in hand with chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases is chronic fatigue. Fatigue isn’t just being tired. It is life altering tired. It’s not being able to control falling asleep. It’s not being able to do the things you need to do because of exhaustion. I sleep about seven hours a night. I putter around for about an hour after I wake up doing things: taking my dogs out (separately, of course), feeding them, taking my medicines. After I get everything finished, about an hour has passed. Then, I usually take an unexpected nap for about an hour and a half. And I take another unexpected nap in the late afternoon/evening, which means I end up going to sleep late. So, if some of my posts come through later (or early, early the next morning) that’s why. Just my body being completely uncooperative with what I’m trying to do with my life hahahaha

Anyway, for this evening’s mask, I chose a really cool one from the Yes to brand. I used to use their cucumber facial wipes until my face skin revolted against wipes. They are all just too scratchy for some reason. But, while I was able to use them, I liked them a lot. The also have some pretty cool face masks. I chose the primrose oil mud mask tonight.

It’s supposed to calm and soothe skin, which I always like, having rosacea. It had a neat cooling effect as I was applying it. It seemed to warm up, though, and got a little bit sting-y. It was short lived, and not that painful. Just something I noticed. The time for this mask was only 5-10 minutes, which I thought was interesting. Most masks are 10-15, or 15-20 minutes. If you’re short on time, this would be a great option.

I tried something new this evening to remove the mask. I saw these at Walmart when I bought this mask and figured they’d be really cool.

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I was mistaken haha Because this was an oil-infused mask, this sponge just moved the mud around on my face. It might be a good tool for other types of masks, but oily ones are just a no. Funny story, after I bought a pack of these sponges, I got a pack in each of my Walmart beauty boxes. So now, I have three packs of them. Let’s hope they work better on another type of mask!! I really want them to work!

After I finally got the mask removed, my face was very soft. Four hours later, it’s still incredibly soft and hydrated feeling, even on the tops of my cheeks, where I experience the most dryness. It didn’t do much for my redness, but it never claimed to remove that. I was kinda hoping it would, since it’s a calming/soothing formula. This one is a winner. And for the price, around $3, this is an excellent choice.

Have you tried this mask? What do you think? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Skin Care Saturday ~ #decadence

Hello lovelies! I hope y’all are having a relaxing, cool weekend. I know I said this in my last post, but it’s HOT y’all!! Our heat index has routinely been well over 100°, which aggravates my health. I think temperatures like that aggravate even healthy people haha It’s just ridiculous! When it came time for my Saturday mask time, this girl was excited! My rosacea as been raging with the heat, as well, so any cooling, soothing things I can do make me a very happy camper.

I ordered this cool bioBelle mask from Ulta last week and I was so happy when it came in yesterday. I had seen people get this mask in some Boxycharm unboxings and I thought it looked really neat. So, I ordered one to see what it was all about!

This #decadence mask is loaded with chocolate and açai berry, We’ve all heard that chocolate is full of great antioxidants, and these help hydrate and soften the skin. Açai berry helps your skin retain its moisture and also helps to fight free radicals, which can be quite damaging. (Info taken from the bioBelle website.)

I loved the way this mask smelled. It wasn’t overpowering, but there was a slight chocolate scent, with a hint of something sweet and flowery. I will assume that was the açai berry. I also liked that this mask was quite thin. A lot of masks are thick, and I feel like my skin can’t breathe while I’m wearing them. Is that even a thing? Hmm … haha Anyway, the thicker masks feel pretty heavy, and they don’t want to stay in place. I also have trouble with the thicker masks fitting my face. I feel like I have an average sized face/head, but some masks just don’t want to conform to my face. I really don’t think my face is oddly shaped. Is it??? Sigh … now I’m wondering … Odd face shape or not, this one actually fit my face well. I think part of that was the thinner material.

I wore #decadence for 17 minutes and my face was still pretty red after, but it was much less than before I put the mask on. The serum is a bit sticky, but the directions do say to rinse off after removal, which I thought was different. Most instructions tell you to pat the remaining serum into your skin and to NOT rinse off. I left the serum on for a few hours, just to see what happened. Shockingly, nothing happened hahaha My face was kinda sticky for those few hours. The serum never fully penetrated, and I don’t know if that was because my skin couldn’t absorb any more, or if it doesn’t absorb well. My face feel pretty good this morning, though!

These masks are a little on the pricey side … $4.99-ish. Ulta is currently running a “buy one, get one 50% off” sale, but I don’t know how long that will be going on. Overall, I really liked this mask. It helped ease my heatwave induced rosacea flare, which is pretty priceless, in and of itself. My face looks and feel pretty good, the day after. And listen, who doesn’t want to lounge around with chocolate on their face??? Check them out, tell me what you think. The bioBelle website has a much larger selection than Ulta. There may even be some unicorn themed items …

Have any of you tried these masks before? How well did they work for you? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Super Saturday

Yesterday was such a fun, busy day. I don’t know if I have told you all that I am a hermit. Self-imposed and much loved, but a hermit, nonetheless. I do not like leaving my farm. I actually get agitated when I have to be in town sometimes haha Yesterday, though, was a day I was glad to be in town.

My first stop was our local artisan/farmer’s market. I connected with a bath product company on Facebook and they were going to be at the market yesterday. I HAD to get my hands on their bath bombs. You guys know how I am about my bath products hahaha The Ever After Boutique makes handcrafted bath and home products, such as candles and wax melts. I bought several bath bombs, some sugar scrub cubes, wax melts and a foot scrub. I tried one of their cotton candy bath bombs last night and, let me tell you, their products rival Lush. I was highly impressed! As soon as I dropped the bomb in the tub, the colors swirled and mixed to make the water purple and the fizz with this bomb was incredible! The scent wasn’t as potent as I was hoping for, but it was there. Check them out on Facebook and see what they have to offer. The price is great and they have some really cool products!

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After the market, I headed over to our local civic center for a comicon. Yep, I’m one of those people haha I love just about anything in the sci-fi or fantasy genre. My dogs are names for Lord of the Rings characters haha Our town has tried these cons a few times and this one was quite a success! Lots of people, lots of cool vendors. The best part was hanging out with a friend and some of his cool kids. The little ginger has stolen my heart in a crazy way. We clicked instantly the first time we met and we just have a kind of crazy connection. I can’t explain it, really. Anyway, we had a BLAST walking around the con … buying cool stuff and eating treats.

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Of course, I wore the wrong shoes. Of course, my knees, ankles and feet were stagging a revolt. Of course, I grabbed the WRONG pain medicine as I was running (late) out the door. By the time I got home, my pain levels were bordering on insane. I took a dose and a half of the right meds and did nothing until they kicked in. I ended up taking the other half a pill not long after, because they just weren’t doing enough. I hate when stuff like that is totally my fault and could have been avoided. Sigh … one of these days I’ll learn. It was a good opportunity to try the bath bombs I bought earlier in the day, though.

My poor face really showed the effects of the day. I had dark circles under my eyes and my entire face just looked worn out. I dug into my bag of tricks and pulled out several products. I was gonna have to approach this with guns a’blazin’! My first attack was a sheet mask from Soo Ae Beauty. I went with a vitamin mask, because I was feeling defeated AND depleted! After the 20 minute mark, my skin felt great! I felt refreshed and the remaining serum wasn’t sticky or weird, like it can be with some masks. It has a light lemony floral scent, which helped to perk me up a bit, I think.

My eyes, though. My eyes still looked like they had seen way too much. They felt puffy and there were some very dark circles. I remembered I had some eye patches from Tarte Cosmetics. Save your hard earned money, y’all. The description for these Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches claims to fight the look of puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet. Uhhhhh … no. My dark circles were still there (and are still there this afternoon). You get four sets for $22. While not wildly expensive, it’s too much money for a product that doesn’t really work. At least, they didn’t work for me.

My last plan of attack was a sleeping mask I just got in the mail from Sephora. Ahhhh … now this is some good stuff. First, there is enough in the package for at least three or four applications, as the directions say to use a thin layer. I pressed the foil back down, and put it in a plastic baggie to keep it from drying out. Score! Second. my poor little face immediately brightened and the rosacea redness disappeared. Completely. It’s back today, but for a few minutes, it was totally gone! Also, it didn’t leave my face sticky or slimy, as some of these masks can. Maybe my skin was that desperate for some nutrition and sucked it all in haha Either way, my skin LOVED this stuff!!! Well worth the $4. Holy cow, sooooo worth it.

So how was your weekend? How did you help your skin recover from it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Skin Care Saturday

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Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful, easy weekend. Since this is my first Skin Care Saturday post, I thought I would talk about my nighttime skin care routine, in addition to talking about tonight’s mask. When I saw my dermatologist the other week, we talked a lot about how I care for my skin. He said I was being aggressive, but in a good way. At my age, aggressive is a must hahahaha

I kick off my routine by washing my face. I don’t recall how I discovered this cleanser, but it has been nearly miraculous for me. The first time I used it, it took out most of my rosacea redness immediately. I stood in the bathroom, staring into the mirror, stunned at how good my skin looked. It is a staple now. My holy grail cleanser is Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 Ounces. I am aware that this is a pretty spendy cleanser, but I have searched high and low for something that works and makes my skin look awesome, in general, and this is it. I am learning that sometimes, you do indeed get what you pay for. I also use this exact Konjac Sponge Set: Organic Skincare Facial for Natural Exfoliating and Deep Pore Cleansing 5 Piece Sampler Pack Infused with Charcoal, Red Clay, Tumeric, Green Tea and I love them! They are super soft and do a much better job than fingers alone. My skin is too sensitive to use a washcloth, so this is a great compromise. Each sponge lasts a month or two and I just can’t say enough about them. Then comes the mask!! Tonight, I used TonyMoly’s I’m Real Avocado Sheet Mask, for nutrition. This is a 20-30 minute commitment so get a glass of wine, close your bedroom door, and just relax.

After removing the mask and patting all of the serum in, I spritz my face with Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Balancing Essence Water Mist. This stuff is AWESOME, but a lot comes out when you spray, so be prepared haha I wasn’t. I’ll let you picture the hilarity of that for yourselves hehe After that dries, I use a little bit of e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence on a cotton pad and wipe my face. I let that dry, and then I go in with L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Anti Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream. This can even safely go on the eyelids! Finally, I finish up with Garneir SkinActive Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream, 1.7 0z. (The product name is spelled incorrectly in this link. Sorry Garnier!) It looks like the packaging has changed since I bought mine, but this stuff is delightful! It kinda smells like vanilla cupcakes to me. I might be crazy haha, but I think it smells wonderful. I put this all over my face, and down my neck.

So that’s it! Written out, it sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. Without the mask, it might take five minutes to do my nighttime routine. What’s your nighttime routine? What skin care products can you not live without?

Carrie♥

Our first mid-week mask together

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Happy Wednesday, readers! This is the first in a series I call mid-week mask. Basically, on Wednesdays I choose some type of facial mask and review it. First, though, I thought I would talk a little bit about my skin issues.

Now, the chronic illness gods thought it would be funny to, not only throw RA and fibromyalgia my way, but rosacea, as well. I’ve actually dealt with this one the longest. It showed up shortly after my daughter was born, nineteen years ago. I thought it was just a hormonal shift. Nope. I went to my family physician and he prescribed a gel of some sort. I honestly don’t remember the name because it was so long ago. What I DO remember was the sting and burn. Needless to say, I didn’t continue to use it, and I tried to ignore the redness.

Years pass and I get more self-conscious about my face. Every time I go out, people remark on my “sunburn” and I have to explain my situation. Repeatedly. I sought out color correctors. If you aren’t aware, green is opposite of red on the color wheel, so they cancel each other out. My first experience was with a green-tinted moisturizer. I hated it! It was greasy and weird. Not only did it remove the redness, but it took every last bit of color out of my face! All of it!! Ghosts would have been jealous by how pale I was. I used it, but only on certain occasions, and I wasn’t happy about it.

I finally got fed up and was talking to my aunt about my face. She mentioned a product she had seen infomercials about. I pulled up the Ulta website and low and behold … there it was. IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Redness. To call this a miracle product is an understatement. It’s a beige-tinted cream (it is supposed to accommodate a wide range of skin tones), and I don’t know how it works, but WOW! A little goes a long way, and I buff it in with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I find I don’t really need foundation when I use it, which is really nice in the summer, especially in the South.

I also decided it was high time to see a dermatologist, which was yesterday. He was really impressed with my skin care routine, except for the lack of sunscreen (I know, I know). He wrote me a prescription for Metrogel and we talked about adding retinols, since I am at that age, and the rosacea has created some unwanted texture to my cheekbone area (plus, I do have some fine lines, around my eye and mouth areas). I applied the Metrogel this morning and was pleasantly surprised … no burning and no stinging! YAY!!

Now, on to the mask! Tonight I chose Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Revealing Peel-off Mask, Pomegranate, 6 Ounce. I don’t know about y’all, but there is something so darned satisfying about peeling a mask off. And if it comes off in one piece, my day has been made hahaha

Don’t you just love how your skin looks with a peel-off mask  on there? Sooo shiny and yes, mine came off in one piece hahaha! I don’t know that my skin looked any more revitalized or clarified after using, but my face does feel nice. After removing, follow up with your normal skin care routine. I will talk about my entire skin care routine in upcoming posts. I hope everyone has a wonderful evening. I’ll be back tomorrow!

~Carrie♥