Monthly Archives: October 2015

Annie’s Way: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Annie’s Way: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask. I had mentioned this in my Beauteque Mini-Haul. It says, “whitening, moisturizing, minimizes fine lines, leaves skin radiantly bright. Suitable for dark and dry skin”. It comes with a little spatula, which you’re supposed to use to put the product on your face.

Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly

The directions first want you to cleanse your face as you normally would. Then, use the spatula to put on the product, about .3 to .5 cm thick. Then, after 30 minutes, use the spatula to scoop the mask off.

The first thing I noticed about this mask, is that it stinks. I absolutely hate the smell, and I’m usually very tolerant with the smells of certain masks. This was definitely one of the worst I’ve smelled. So if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, maybe this is not the right mask for you. It is very cooling to the skin, which is a nice feeling. I felt that “tightening” feeling, which is always good. I did have to use a lot of the product though. You get 250 ml of product, but it’s supposed to be layered to be about .3 cm- .5 cm thick, so I had to use a lot of it.

Annie's Way: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid

As you can see in the picture, the spatula is a good applicator, but you can’t really smooth the mask down. When I took the mask off though, I could see a difference! I didn’t put it all the way up to my hairline, and the part I missed was darker than the rest of my face. I’ve used the mask only a couple of times too, and to see a difference that fast is amazing. I’m using this to help my dark spots, and it’s been helping a lot. I’ll show you guys when they are as faded as they can get.

The only complaints I have about this mask are it’s smell and after you take it off. After I took it off, my skin was so dry! Around my lips, I had very obvious dry patches and my forehead had some too! I find it interesting the packaging says it’s suitable for dry skin, I feel like it would make it much worse. If you want to try this mask out, definitely keep a good moisturizer readily available to apply, as soon as you take it off. I paid $19.50 for this, from Beauteque.

Overall, I am going to continue using this mask. Even though it has a couple downsides, it does do the main thing it claims. I’ve been looking for something to help my dark spots for a long time, and this worked in a couple uses. If you want to check it out, you can find it on the Beauteque website here, or try Amazon.

Thanks so much for reading!

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Review: Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer

Hello everyone!

Today, I wanted to share my new holy grail concealer. Before, I was using the Tarte Maracuja Concealer, but it didn’t work too well with my oily skin. Then, I used the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, which I like, but it made my fine lines look really bad. It also exemplified the tiny pore-like bumps we have on our under eye area, which caused my concealer to look super cakey. So I had to find something for oily skin, but dry under-eyes. After lots of research with reviews and videos, I came across the Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer and I absolutely love it!

Boi-ing Shade 02

The packaging describes it as an “industrial-strength concealer”, which is referring to the fact that it’s full coverage. I used this primarily for my dark under-eye circles, and occasionally on breakouts/dark spots. My under-eyes are dry, and this concealer is perfect because it conceals without showing how dry my under-eye area is. I have olive/medium skin, and I use the shade 2, which is light-medium. It would be too light as an everday blemish concealer, but for my under-eyes it’s perfect and as long as I blend it out well on my blemishes, you can’t tell the color difference.┬áIt also says you just need to use your finger to apply it. I know that many people find that unsanitary, but I like it. I make sure my hands are clean, don’t worry! But, a small concealer brush would work too! It’s a very matte concealer, but has a unique texture so it doesn’t dry your under-eyes out. I’m also a huge fan of the packaging! It’s super small and circular, which is perfect for my handbag and traveling. The package holds .1 oz of the product, which doesn’t seem like much, but it’s definitely enough. I usually need just three thin swipes with my finger and I’m done, and trust me, my dark eye circles are no joke.

Boi-ing

After four hours, I usually check up on it because sometimes it settles into one specific line under my eye. I don’t know if that line is just deep or what, but it’s always the same eye/line that the product settles into. My other eye is perfectly fine and normal, so it’s not a big deal for me. Also, I bought mine from Sephora for $20, which is pricey for such a small amount of product, but I feel like this is going to last me a long time. But, whenever it does finish, I definitively will be repurchasing.

Hope you guys liked this review! Let me know if you’ve tried it!

Thanks so much for reading!