Beauty By Beauteque – Head To Toe Pink Bag

Product junkies who love receiving a little surprise every month can rejoice with Beauteque’s subscription service. Beauteque is a US-based website that sells Korean beauty products. They describe themselves as,

The sum of beauty plus boutique gives you an equation called Beauteque. The one stop shop haven of everyone’s dreams! An online store that is not just simplifying, but magnetizing the business of beauty, bringing on board elements and brands from the other side of the world, Beauteque brings together for you the East and West, as it continues to globalize.

I received my first beauty bag from Beauteque last week and am pleasantly satisfied with my Head to Toe Pink bag. The Head to Toe Pink bag has 8 products varying from skincare to cosmetic products. And as you can already tell from the name, all the products in the bag are pink! Here are the goodies that came in my February bag:

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Products from L-R: Hada Senka by Shiseido (lotion or toner), Blending Sponge, Capsule Wash-Off Mask, Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer, Tony Moly Mascara, Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream, Tony Moly Auto Lip Liner.

Hada Senka by Shiseido: I’ve tried Shiseido products in the past and have always loved them, so I was really happy to receive this lotion/toner in my bag. Hada Senka’s lotion works great as a moisturizer. It’s more runny than other thick moisturizers I am used to but works great under makeup since it is so hydrating. I have not tried this as a toner yet, but if you’re interested in picking up this 2-in-1 product, to use as a toner, pour a bit onto a cotton swab before applying it to your face. (Retail: $15.95)

Blending Sponge: I recently jumped on the beautyblender bandwagon late last year, so practically squealed when I saw this in my bag. If you have never tried applying concealer or foundation on with a sponge before, you must try it! To use, wet the sponge and ring out the excess water. Place a bit of your liquid makeup product on your hand and dab it on the blender. Apply the product in a quick-patting motion for a flawless finish. (Retail: $15.95)

Capsule Wash-Off Mask: Anyone who knows me, knows that I loveee face masks. I have not had the time to try these wash-off masks yet but I am excited to try it out on my day off sometime next week. The mask claims that it is perfect for dealing with pores… I’ll update you all next week when I test it out. Oh, I received 2 capsules, so double the fun with this product! (Retail $2.50)

Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer: I’m not one to brag, but my highlighting skills have definitely gotten wayyy better lately. Sidenote: My boyfriend likes to throw actual highlighters at me when I’m doing this process in the morning. When done right, highlighting gives your face a natural and healthy glow. The packaging says that this product is a cream but it’s not thick like you would think. The product is runny and can get a bit messy if you squeeze too much so be careful! A little goes a long way. This can be used alone or mixed in with foundation. (Retail: $11.50)

Tony Moly Mascara: Just in time! I needed a new mascara so badly. So glad this came in right when I needed it. Want longer looking lashes? I’m siding with this one. (Retail: $6.50)

Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream: I love going to bed packing on my creams, so am always excited to rotate new products at night. This spoon cream claims to brighten and moisturizer the skin around the clock. (Retail: $3.95)

Tony Moly Auto Lip Liner: Ladies! This is such a beautiful rose color! It’s a shade darker than the natural color of my lips so it’s perfect for me. I am going to be using this product as a lipstick color as well since the liner has more of a creamy texture. (Retail: $7.25)

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Overall, I am so stoked to try all of the products in my Head to Toe Pink bag. I was not expecting to be blown away by all the products, but I truly am. The deal is even better. It is nearly an $80 value bag for just $26. If you want this bag, it is available through March 15th at Beauteque. If you try it out, let me know what you think! xo


Beauty & Sun Protection Factor

I’ll be the first to admit that I always  forget to slather on some sun protection factor (SPF) before leaving the house in the morning. SPF is a sunscreen’s ability to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the skin. UVB rays contribute to sunburns, and at its worst, skin cancer. In an effort to take better care of my skin, I’ve been mindful of incorporating SPF into my beauty routine anytime I can.

If you’ve shopped for SPF creams before than you’ve probably noticed the SPF ratings. Most sunscreen products come in SPF 15, SPF 30, and SPF 45. SPF 15 products block about 94% of UVB rays. I own mostly SPF 30 products, which blocks 97% of UVB rays. SPF 45 products block about 98% of rays. My doctor and most dermatologists I’ve talked to recommend SPF 30 products since the difference between it and SPF 45 are not much different. However, keep in mind that none offers 100% protection.

Here are some products I currently own with SPF, AKA some of my faves:

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Sun Si ‘Belle: This is a light and non-greasy sunscreen protector. I love that it’s paraben free, gluten free, chemical and toxin free. It’s a tinted cream but leaves a bit of a white cast so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this product to wear under makeup. (SPF 30)

ELF POWDER: This is my go-to SPF product because I always powder my face after my makeup routine in the morning. I love this powder because it goes on effortlessly and I can easily apply more throughout the day without messing up my makeup look. (SPF 45)

SWEET SCIENCE: This one is the tiny, tiny, tiny container in the photo. I got this product as a sample in my Birchbox and absolutely love it! It is a silicon free, tinted moisturizer that works really well under makeup. I also love that it does not leave a residue behind. This can be worn with or without foundation. (SPF 35)

DR. JART: This is my tinted BB cream that I use when my skin is feeling a bit oily in the morning. Extra bonus points that it’s also free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Great for wearing with makeup. (SPF 30)

ELF FOUNDATION: I wear very little foundation. I don’t really like covering up my face with makeup unless it’s a special occasion. I probably grab this foundation once a week, on a night when I’m going out or going to an event. I love the light coverage it gives and touch-ups are really not needed with this product. (SPF 15)

MAKE: This primer is one of my favorites! It’s white but dries up translucent, and since it feels light-weight on the skin, it’s perfect to wear under makeup.  (SPF 30)

Clearly, I only remember to SPF when it’s a part of my beauty routine.

Do you wear SPF every day? What products do you use? Tell me in the comments section below!

Toning Up My Face With InstaNatural

First, I should say that I usually love InstaNatural’s products. Their skincare products are not only natural and affordable, but I find them to be very effective. If you have not tried any products from their line, read my previous review of their Dead Sea Mud Mask, it’s my favorite product from InstaNatural.

This week, I’ve been using InstaNatural’s Pore Tightening Vitamin C Facial Toner.  The toner is made up of natural ingredients, but the main two are: Witch Hazel – to purify the skin and reduce the appearance of pores, and Vitamin C – to strengthen the skin and reverse signs of aging. Facial toners has been my thing since early 2014, when I decided to step up my skincare routine. Skincare on fleek!

photoFIRST IMPRESSIONS: When I first tried the toner, I thought it was refreshing. I love any product in a spray bottle but I don’t think it works for toners. You can spray this directly onto your face, but I suggest just spraying it into a cotton ball to conserve more product. If you don’t mind it then you can spray it directly onto your face, but I promise your bathroom will smell like freshly peeled oranges or wood cleaner – I can’t quite place a finger on the smell.  I didn’t notice any extreme pore-minimizing after the first couple of uses, but my skin definitely felt tighter and my pores were slightly less noticeable. My only criticism on this product it the smell. Thumbs down. If you are sensitive to strong scents, I’d steer clear of this product. It has a really pungent orange-pine type scent that isn’t suitable for everyone.

Overall, I’d say that this toner is great for removing excess oil, and minimizing pores. If you don’t mind the smell, pick this one up and give it a try. Retail: $17.49.

What toners are you using in your skincare routine? Do you have a favorite toner product? Tell me in the comments section below!


A Dead Sea Mud Mask To Make Your Skin Feel Alive

Three beauty products I cherish the most are my mascaras, highlighters, and facial masks. I’m a firm believer that if you take care of your skin, you won’t need to slather on extra makeup. I go through different facial masks every week depending on how my skin is looking and feeling.

I started using InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask this week. This 16 oz. jar contains organic shea butter, jojoba oil, organic aloe vera and other minerals that help soothe dry and irritated skin. The winter has been really harsh on my skin, so I’ve been moisturizing every night, but it’s beneficial to also follow up with a mud mask.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: There is a ton of product in a 16 oz jar! You’re only supposed to use this mask once a week so there is probably enough here to last for at least 8-10 months. InstaNatural also recommends that this product only be used once a week due to the high concentration of minerals (magnesium, sodium, and bromine). Excessive use may lead to drying out or irritating the skin.















You do not need too much of this product, less is more applies here since it will take forever to dry if you use too much. The texture is a bit strange. A cross between slimy and gooey. It doesn’t smell bad and applies pretty much the same to any other facial masks. However, the drying process is so uncomfortable and itchy! I don’t recommend this product for anyone with sensitive skin. After 15 minutes, my t-zone completely dried up (see before and after photos). According to InstaNatural,

This is due to the mud mask hardening while working to extract toxins and impurities from the skin. The mud mask may leave your face feeling flushed or red after removing the impurities; however this should dissipate over time. For sensitive skin, you do not have to wait until the mask completely dries before removing it.

I love that the mask is easy to remove with warm water. A lot of other masks tend to lather a bit too much making the removal process longer. Another bonus is that I can feel tiny sand-like crystals when I removed it – great for exfoliating! I didn’t notice any redness after removal, but someone with more sensitive skin may have this reaction.

The Dead Sea Mud Mask can be used on the body as well for a full-body detoxifier. It can also be used as a spot treatment on blemishes to help remove excess oil.

To pick up a bottle of this natural Dead Sea Mud Mask – go to the InstaNatural website or Amazon today. Prices vary, depending upon where you shop. The mask is $25.77 (Retail) and $24.97 (Amazon).


Work It: My Working Out Update

Did I ever mention how much I dread doing leg presses? I can press my own weight now, but it comes with so much pain the next morning. I remember the first time I tried to press my weight (120 pounds) last month and I pinched a nerve. I stretched and did everything right after my workout, but didn’t soak my body in warm water to soothe my muscles.

The other night, right after my workout, I got home and jumped right in the tub and soaked my body in Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salt. The product claims that the minerals,

 bring fast relief from aches, pains and bothersome skin conditions. Turn your bath into a pain relieving, rejuvenating spa with the potency and effectiveness of Dead Sea Bath Salt.

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The Dead Sea Bath Salt contains magnesium, potassium, bromides and calcium chlorides. All of these minerals contribute to the therapeutic benefits, and reduces inflammation and discomfort – exactly what I need after a two hour workout. I dissolved one cup of the Dead Sea Bath Salt into a tub of warm/hot water. After soaking in the tub for 20 minutes, I followed up with a steamy shower. The next day, I was still in a bit of pain, but no where near what I experienced that last time I was at the gym…and a bonus? My skin felt super soft afterwards. (Retail: $24)

photo 5Mainly, I  focus on abs because I want a tight core, but I do other workouts at the gym as well. I have not used a jump rope since I was in middle school, but I’ve been using one lately to work on my cardio. It’s a lightweight 10ft long cable and spins super fast. As a beginner,  I was skeptical about this jump rope because it actually hurts if you miss a step and hit yourself by accident. You can imagine that a clumsy person like myself got hit a couple of times before I got it right. After a couple of tries, I got into the groove easily. I find the cable a bit too long, but it can be adjusted to suit the user’s height. According to the site:


  • Rope Handle Turns at a 90 Degree angle to prevent tangling and bending.
  • The Secret Sauce to Blasting Fat is by doing 50-100 jump ropes, a few times and a few minutes daily, anytime and anywhere! 
  • The rope is also very light, making it easy for beginners to master double and even triple unders. 
  • This is a wire rope so WIRE CUTTERS may be needed to cut the rope. Made of very tough material, meant to increase durability for the rope regardless of the environment you train in. Perfect for Cross Fitness Training, Boxing, Endurance Training & General Cardio
  • PORTABLE – With the rope, you also get a nylon bag to carry it in so you can bring it with you everywhere and Start Jump Roping when you have a few moments!

I’m still excited for my ‘new year, new me’ body! 2015 is just two months in and I can’t wait until Summer is here.

Are you working out? What do you use to soothe your muscles after a workout? What tools do you use to workout with? Tell me in the comments section below!