Review: Sequoia Beauty- Honey Berry Enzyme Mask

Hola! Today I will be doing a review on my current favorite facial mask- the Honey Berry Enzyme Mask by Sequoia Beauty. I ordered this mask about a month ago and have been hooked on it ever since. According to the company’s website“Sequoia Beauty is an organic flower and herb based skin care line with an emphasis on local ingredients. The products cater to the needs of your skin, as well as your own physical and spiritual well-being.” The mask fits perfectly in the company’s motto! It contains several great ingredients, such as raw honey, an antiseptic and moisturizer, and royal jelly, an ingredient known for its anti-aging properties. Check out the full ingredient list and my list of product pros and cons below!

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Ingredients: Raw Honey, Raw Royal Jelly, Raw Strawberries, Raw Blueberries, and White Grapefruit Essential Oil

Application Instructions: Put on clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

How I apply it: 10-15 minutes? #PUHLEASE I leave this deliciousness on for a full hour! When I rinse it off I like to first wet my hands and rub my face in circular motions. This mask has strawberry and blueberry grains in it that act as exfoliates.

Pros:

  • The smell! This smells so sweet and honey like!
  • After I take it off my skin feels so soft and moisturized. I can’t stop touching my face!
  • This mask helped to lighten up my acne scars and it keeps my skin clear.
  • It just feels really luxurious!!!

Cons:

  • It’s a bit pricey- $30 for 2 oz. Luckily I got this for $22 during a Black Friday sale over at the Organic Beauty Talk Shop.
  • It tends to drip off my face easily so I can’t move around a lot when I have this on.
  • It’s hard to apply this since it is very sticky. This is good on one hand since the product is truly natural and is made of honey. To get around the stickiness I use a spoon to spread this all over my face. I think it would have been nice if the product came with a mini spatula or a scooper.

Time Used Before Review: I applied a thin layer of this mask twice a week for a month.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5- Is there a way to bathe in this stuff?!

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Loco for Cocoa! DIY- Cocoa Tea and Glow Glow Cocoa Mask

Merry Christmas everyone!!! With the holidays upon us I thought it would be a good idea to have a beauty post on a popular holiday ingredient- Cocoa! Below you will find a recipe for a moisturizing cocoa beauty mask and a delicious spin on hot cocoa.

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The Scoop on Cocoa! A few Health Benefits

  • The antioxidant concentration in a cup of hot cocoa is greater than the antioxidant concentration in a cup of green or black tea.
  • Is heart healthy– Helps to reduce blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, and inhibits platelet aggregation.
  • Special compounds in cocoa called flavonoids increase blood flow to the brain resulting in better cognitive function. Third semester of PA school here I come!!! =P

A few Beauty Benefits

  • Acts a great moisturizer when applied topically.
  • Is full of antioxidants that can help to repair damaged skin.
  • Can protect skin against sunburn.
  • Gives your skin a healthy glow!

DIY: The Glow Glow Cocoa Mask- This mask is super moisturizing and your skin will glow after you remove it. Plus, it smells absolutely divine!

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of melted coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt.

Feel free to add more or less ingredients to get the consistency you want.  Apply this mask onto your face and leave it on for about 20-40 minutes. I personally like to leave this on for a full 40 minutes to get the maximum benefits.

DIY: Cocoa Tea- if you haven’t licked away all of the Glow Glow Cocoa Mask perhaps you should make this delicious tea to satisfy your chocolate craving. I discovered this tea while vacationing in St. Lucia. It is a local breakfast staple there and it tastes amazing. While you may think it’s just hot cocoa – it actually tastes like chocolate but it also tastes like tea.

Ingredients: 1 cup of water, 4 tbs of grated organic cocoa, and 1/2 cup of milk. Also you may add in a few spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Sugar is also optional.

Directions: Pour the water, cocoa, and milk into a pot and boil the mixture for 5 minutes.  Mix the ingredients as they are boiling with a spoon to prevent the mixture from overflowing. Then strain and serve. And there you have it, fresh cocoa tea! Enjoy! =)

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YUMMY!!! Cocoa Tea!