Review: May Lindstrom- The Problem Solver Correcting Masque

Happy Saturday everyone! Today, I’m beyond excited to write a review on one of the best masks that I’ve ever tried! I’ve read countless amazing reviews on May Lindstrom’s- The Problem Solver mask and have been dying to try it, but the $90 price tag was just too much for me. On Valentine’s Day, I decided to splurge and get it as a little gift from me to me, hehe. #imsobroke #bankrupcyhereicome #dontjudgeme. After just one use I immediately fell in love! My visible pores shrunk and my skin was just glowing! It felt as though a layer of skin just came off my face and it was kinda like that light feeling you get after getting a haircut. The next day my skin looked amazing, seriously amazing! Anyhow, I can go on blabbing about how awesome this mask is for a long time, so I’m going to stop and cover what you need to know about the mask and my experience with it!

According to the official product description, this mask is a “jet-black fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts, and exotic warming spices go deep on a mission to reveal your most radiant self.This intense treatment masque effectively purifies & tightens pores, extinguishes inflammations, fights & heals blemishes, jump-starts circulation in the epidermis & detoxifies skin with delightful ease and power. The radically different powder-to-mousse formula activates on contact with water – only releasing its magic at the exact moment of use so you experience full potency every time.”

Ingredients: Fuller’s Earth Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao), Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, Bamboo Carbon Charcoal Powder, *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, ***Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense), *Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), *Archangelica (Angelica) Root, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), *Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Capsicum Annuum (Cayenne) Pepper.*Certified Organic **Fair Trade Certified ***Wild Harvested

Application: Activate a tablespoon of powder formula with equal parts water in a bowl, blending to form a soft mousse. Massage over skin and relax. Treatment time is 45 minutes (or until fully dry). Expect a slightly hot and tingling sensation. Rinse, and follow with The Youth Dew.

My Experience With the Application: When you mix the powder with water it starts to bubble, which is actually kinda cool since I have never experienced that with any other powder mask. After I put this on, I definitely feel a tingly, warm sensation that is bearable. I leave the mask on until it dries and then I remove it with lukewarm water. After I remove it, my skin usually looks slightly pink, but the color goes away after about 30 minutes. In addition, I’ve noticed that even after I remove the mask, I still feel the warm, tingly sensation for about an hour or so.

Pros:

  • This mask shrinks my pores and makes my skin glow. My skin seriously looks beyond amazing the next day after I use it. Also, I tend to get annoying little bumps on my skin sometimes, and this mask gets rid of them.
  • The packaging is so beautiful! It looks so luxurious. Plus, the mask jar can totally be reused and recycled. #imsogreen
  • This smells amazing too! It smells chocolaty and spicy.
  • This works as an amazing spot treatment.

Cons:

  • Obviously, the price, but the results are worth it! Plus, you get 8 ounces of this and that is a lot. If you use this mask about once a week, this mask will last for almost a year.
  • Other reviewers have claimed that this mask can stain white washcloths.
  • This mask can be a bit drying, so I would definitely recommend putting on a light moisturizer after using it. I personally recommend using the Eminence Sugar Plum Oil-Free Revitalizer, a moisturizer that is great for acne- prone skin.

Time Used Before Review: I used this once a week for 2 weeks and I love it!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Where You Can Get It:

Have you ever tried the Problem Solver? What do you think of it? Be sure to leave a comment! Also, don’t forget to check out Naturalinnas on  on InstagramFB, and Twitter! =)

P.S.- Does anyone know if Angelina Jolie is adopting? Kinda short on cash here…. =P

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Review: Josie Maran- Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil

Hello my lovelies! Today I will be doing a review on the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream. I am a huge fan of the Josie Maran line and have been following it since it first appeared at Sephora stores. The line is eco-friendly and supports some great organizations, such as the City of Hope Cancer Center. In addition, every Josie Maran product has argan oil as an ingredient. The oil is great for your skin because it is chock full of antioxidants and minerals. The Argan Infinity Cream features argan oil among several other great ingredients such as, shea butter and avocado oil, to hydrate and condition your skin. According to the official product description, this product “delivers all the moisturizing benefits of argan oil in a portable, nongreasy, creamy oil form. The innovative formula starts as a cream and melts into an oil, making your complexion more luminous while tightening facial contours and preventing inflammation. Use it to hydrate and gently soothe undereyes, smooth flyaways, keep eyebrows in place, and condition lips. Mix it with powder blush or eye shadow to instantly transform it into a cream.”

Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit**, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate**, Beeswax**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)**, Glyceryl Dibehenate**, Tribehenin**, Glyceryl Behenate**, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil**, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Abyssinian Oil (Crambe Abyssinica) Seed Oil**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract**, Soybean Glycerides**, Linoleic Acid**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil** Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter**, Aleurites Moluccana Seed (Kukui Nut) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil**. *Organic. **Natural.

How to Use: This product has many uses and here are a couple of them.

-Deeply moisturize dry areas of the face.
-Soothe irritated skin caused by rosacea, wind, or sunburn.
-Soften elbows, heels, and other rough patches.
-Keep stray eyebrows in place.
-Smooth flyaways.
-Moisturize at night.
-Prevent razor burn and irritation.

How I Use It: I like to use this as a body moisturizer and as a lip balm before I go to bed. Also, I sometimes use this as an anti-frizz cream on my hair!

Pros:

  • This smells sooo good! It has a light sweet orange scent that’s very refreshing and invigorating.
  • You only need to use a little bit of the product per application. I only use a pea sized amount of this to moisturize my hands and to moisturize both my legs I use about a nickel-sized amount.
  • It’s so versatile! You can use it to keep your eyebrows in place or mix it with powder eyeshadow to create a cream eyeshadow.
  • It is very moisturizing. If I put this on at night I wake up with soft skin! It also really helps with frizzy hair days!
  • It’s small in size and fits perfectly into my purse, making it perfect for traveling.

Cons:

  • The consistency is a bit off. The oil separates from the rest of the ingredients and comes out of the tube first followed by the cream part. Storing the product upright helps a little!
  • It takes a long time to sink it. I have to wait 30 minutes to an hour and that’s frustrating!
  • The price. It costs $28.00 for 2.2 fluid ounces.
  • It’s very thick and oily and I’m afraid to put this on my sensitive, acne prone facial skin, however this may be okay for people who have dry skin.

Time Used Before Review: 3 to 4 times a week for 1 month.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Where to buy: The Josie Maran Website and at Sephora.

Have you ever tried the Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil? What are your thoughts on it? Be sure to comment below! Also, don’t forget to check out Naturalinnas on Instagram, FB, and Twitter! =)

Get Clear, Sexy Skin! Tips for Treating Mild Acne

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Hi everyone! Today, I will be sharing my experiences with mild acne and a few tips on how to control the condition. A few years ago, I all of sudden started to develop acne. My skin was perfectly clear beforehand and I completely freaked out! I bought a zillion different products, from argan oil to Proactiv, hoping that they would help, but they made my skin look even worse. It got so bad that I eventually developed a cystic acne lesion. At that point, I was absolutely mortified! I felt so grossed out by my face I ended up putting pounds of makeup on every day to cover up the pimples. I then made an appointment to a dermatologist, who said that my acne is most likely due to hormonal changes going on in my body, and that soon the changes will cease. I came home that day disappointed, and with a prescription for a benzoyl peroxide cream. The cream proved to be a disaster! It made my sensitive skin flaky, inflamed, and dry. After reading up on the potential negative side effects of benzoyl peroxide, such as the fact that it can prolong scarring, I knew I had to try something else. I thought it would be best to try some natural acne treatments and after a year of trial and error, I have found ways to keep my skin clear! I still get a few breakouts whenever I’m under stress, but for most of the time, my skin looks amazing and I’m really happy with it! Below I have put together a list of a few things that really helped to treat my mild acne. Every month, I will add post more tips on how to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant!

  1. STOP PICKING!!!!!- If you want clear skin you need to stop doing this ASAP!!! It is one of the worst things you can do for your skin, since you can get an infection and scar your face. I know, I know you can’t help it because I’ve been there. I used to pick at my pimples like a maniac. It almost felt like some form of stress release. What helped me, was finding ways to distract myself. For example, if the thought of picking at my pimples crossed my mind, I would distract myself with another activity, such as working out or studying. It takes effort but you have to try and not give up! Just remember- PICKING IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR FACE!!! Just put on a spot treatment, a bit of concealer, and walk away feeling confident!
  2. MASKS ARE AMAZING! – Throughout my struggle with acne, facial masks have been my best friends. They’re relaxing, convenient, and are effective. I particularly love clay masks. They improve circulation to your skin and also draw out harmful toxins, oils, and dirt. A great clay mask that I use is the 100% Pure Pineapple Enzyme Facial Peel Mask, that contains kaolin clay.  Also, since clay masks can be drying, they should be alternated with moisturizing masks. You can make a moisturizing mask at home with ingredients such as honey or plain yogurt. One great mask that you can buy is the Sequoia Beauty Honey Berry Enzyme Mask. Be sure to check out my review for it here! I like to put on different masks two to three times a week, while studying or before going to bed.
  3.  MAKE A FACIAL STEAM BATH- I like to make a facial steam bath at least once a week. It helps to unclog pores and improves circulation to the face. It also makes my skin feel moisturized and makes me feel incredibly relaxed! To make a steam bath just boil two cups of water in a pot and allow for it to cool a little bit. Afterwards, cover your face with a towel and hold it 12 inches away from the pot for about 10 minutes. BE CAREFUL! You don’t want to burn yourself by touching the pot or getting too close to the steam! Also, you can add a few herbs to the pot for additional benefits, such as chamomile and strawberry leaf. In addition, if your skin is incredibly sensitive and if you suffer from conditions such as rosacea, a fungal infection, or cystic acne,  I would not recommend making a steam bath since that can actually cause more harm than good for your face.
  4. EASE UP ON SKIN PRODUCTS- Try not to cover up your face with tons of different products, including creams and makeup. These things may aggravate your skin and clog your pores. Also, if something is labeled as being hypoallergenic, that doesn’t mean you should pile it on your face and wear it all day long. Your skin needs to breathe! In fact, I suggest you stop using almost all products until you figure out what aggravates or helps your acne. If you get a pimple just cover it up with some concealer and that’s it! Over time you can try out new skincare products one by one to see whether or not they are good for. Also, remember that what works for you may not work for someone else! For example, a friend of mine swears by argan oil, but it makes my skin break out like crazy! So, try and see what works for your skin!
  5. EXERCISE- Here, I just have to put in this quote said by Elle Woods in Legally Blonde- “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Okay, so apart from the endorphin release and husband shooting preventive methods exercise can give you, exercise is also amazing for your skin! By increasing blood flow, exercise helps to nourish skin cells and also helps to carry away harmful toxins, including free radical that can age your skin. It pretty much clears your skin from the inside out! Plus, I personally love that post-workout glow my skin gets! Here are some great dance tunes you might not have heard of, that you can get you into workout mode!

I hope these tips are helpful! Do you have any tips for treating mild acne? What did you think of these tips? Be sure to comment below! Also, don’t forget to check out Naturalinnas on InstagramFB, and Twitter! =)

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?!