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REVIEW: Aveeno Targeted Tone Corrector #RadiantWithAVEENO

Omg, so this is one Influenster box that I was so excited to receive! I don’t get that many because I’m not as active so when I do get a box, I love that it’s actually something that I would be happy to try. Anyways, enough rambling. When I opened the box to and saw that it was a TARGETED TONE CORRECTOR that helps fade the look of dark spots, I was alllll about it.

First of all, you get a good amount of product, 1.1 fl oz. You only need a small amount, well at least for me. I focus it on my cheeks and nose. Second of all, I’ve been using this every morning and night for the past couple of weeks and I don’t know if my mind is playing tricks on me, but I think some of my dark spots are less visible! I mean, you can still see them, but they’re not as noticeable as before. I think it is one of those products that you don’t see a true result until you finish the entire product. I’m crossing my fingers that it works!

The one thing I don’t like about it: the scent. For something somewhat natural, it has a pretty strong fragranced. It smells like perfumed? I don’t know, but if you’re sensitive to fragrance, I wouldn’t try it.

Welp, that’s it. I wish I could say more about the product, but it’s a gradual thing that will take weeks/months to see results. Here’s to hoping for the best! #RadiantWithAVEENO



**Received complimentary from Influenster.


The Face Shop | Sheet masks

Face Shop sheet masks

As you can tell from my previous post, I’ve been really liking sheet masks! But I wanted to try Asian brands because, lets be honest, they lead the market in skincare! Luckily, the new relocated Zion Market in San Diego has The Face Shop in the food court area! I can always see the wall of sheet masks from a distance whenever I’m buying boba drinks at Boba Bar & Desserts (just a few feet away). Anyways, I decided to stop in today and buy a couple masks…. Which turned into buying 5 haha.

They range from $2-$6 (or $10, I forgot) a mask, depending on the brand and what they’re supposed to do for your skin. I bought four $2 masks and one $3 mask; I just can’t justify paying $6 for only one mask!

The “real nature mask” brand is $2, which I’m hoping works well with my skin because I would definitely buy more! I’ll write out the description of each, in case you’re interested and/or have a Face Shop near you!

  • Aloe: a soothing & hydrating mask sheet containing aloe extract, which hydrates and soothes the skin, providing instant care to sensitive skin.
  • Rice: a brightening & complexion improvement mask sheet containing rice extract to smoothen and brighten dull and rough skin.
  • Acai berry: a firming mask sheet containing Acai berry extract to improve resilience and provide moisturized firmness to the skin.
  • Green tea: a hydrating & energizing mask sheet containing green tea extract to fill dry skin with refreshing and hydrating moisture.

And the last mask I bought is from the brand “cereal mask sheet”, I think. This one is $3.

  • Mung bean: cleans and smoothes skin. The benefits of mung beans – used to cleanse and clarify skin for ages. Mung beans are valued for their excellent cleansing and detoxifying properties which help resolve skin problems for a more beautiful complexion.

Hope these work! I’m excited to try them :D

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Paper masks all day, every day!

Went to Walmart to kill some time & I noticed that Freeman Beauty had a bunch of new paper masks! They’re well known for their clay masks, peel-off masks, & scrubs, so it’s nice to see that they’ve branched out to paper masks. They’re each $1.37 and probably the cheapest paper masks you can get out there, I think… Correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve only tried the rose facial brightening one before & I think I like it! There were no adverse effects, so that’s a good sign. As far as brightening, I didn’t notice anything but I did only use it once. I don’t think any mask would show its benefits right away. I’ll write the description of each mask so you can get a feel for what each one is supposed to do.

Freeman Beauty masks

Blue agave facial hydrating paper mask: serum-enriched paper facial mask contains soothing blue agave to soften and dehydrate. Ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid and allantoin help give skin a refreshed look and feel for a smoother finish. Perfect for dry skin.

Rose facial brightening paper mask: serum-infused paper facial mask with rose extract illuminates dull skin. White tea and licorice help reduce age spots for more even-toned skin. Reveal a smoother surface with lactic and glycolic fruit acids. Perfect for dull skin.

Star fruit facial purifying paper mask: this serum-infused paper facial mask with star fruit helps calm skin stressed by flare-UPS. Lavender and niacinamide help balance oil production. Tea tree soothes breakout-stressed skin. Perfect for combination to oily skin. (The one I’m most excited to try!)

And, because I’ve been wanting to try this but never could find it until now, I picked up the Charcoal & Black Sugar facial polishing mask/scrubDescription: “Pollution…debris.. It’s a wonder skin can breathe! This unique mask and scrub works double time to detox skin. First, naturally purifying activated charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities without over-drying. Then, black sugar helps exfoliate away dulling skin cells for softness and clarity. Perfect for all skin types.”

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Quick First Impression: Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

Finally got my hands on the new Clean & Clear Hydrating Gel Moisturizer! I’ve been on a hunt for this and it ended up being at the Walgreen’s near my house the whole time. I checked the Clean & Clear section before, but this was part of a new display… which was hidden! So if you’ve been looking for this or the cleanser, walk around the skincare/beauty/sunscreen section, and look for a tiny display!

Anyways, on to the first impression. I really like it! I love gel moisturizers; I’m currently using the green tea moisturizer from Proactiv, but I’m almost out. The Clean & Clear moisturizer retails for $6.99 at Walgreen’s and is very light, blends into the skin very easily, & doesn’t leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy at all. My skin doesn’t feel like it has moisturizer on, but it feels moisturized… if that makes sense. And my face ends up feeling pretty soft/smooth. It has a very strong cucumber fruity scent, but I don’t mind it. The scent might be a turn-off for others, especially if your skin is sensitive to fragrance! Overall, I’m excited to find a gel moisturizer at the drugstore (I don’t know of other brands.. Let me know if there are others!).

If you’ve tried it, let me know what you think of it! I’m curious to see what others think of it :]


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Skincare Remedies?

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos on DIY skincare & I decided to pick up some things that will HOPEFULLY help my poor, poor skin. I don’t want to rely on expensive skincare, like Proactiv, to help my acne. And I think my skin has gotten used to benzoyl peroxide; it’s not as effective as before. I just want to find something a little more natural & more sensitive for the skin because my skin’s already been through so much.. a little TLC is needed! :D  Then, I picked up one non-beauty/skincare item because I couldn’t help myself… don’t judge me! My credit card already does. -_- I bought all of these things over a period of a few days from an Asian market, Walmart, & Target. All really affordable!

Skincare haul

  1. ELF foundation brush ($1.00): to apply DIY facial masks
  2. Baking soda ($.67): mix with lemon to fade acne scars (video) & mix with toothpaste to whiten teeth, and if I ever bake! (more info on baking soda skincare benefits)
  3. Tea tree oil ($7.98): anti-septic, used to clean and dry up acne; spot treatment (SMELLS SO BAD!) & use sparingly or dilute it because it can be quite strong and drying to the skin
  4. Vitamin E oil ($3.96): use as a moisturizer because my skin has been super dry from acne treatments & to fade hyperpigmentation
  5. L’Oreal true match foundation W5 ($8.97): i wanted to try a different foundation to use when I have slightly drier skin because right now, I use the Revlon Colorstay foundation for combo/oily skin & that really accentuates dry patches.
  6. Rice flour ($0.99): helps to soothe the skin, brighten your complexion, fade hyperpigmentation, & more (video ideas: 1 | 2 ) *Bought the container at Walmart awhile ago
  7. Green tea: to drink! And to use as a toner because it’s full of antioxidants OR as a facial scrub OR I could also mix it with the rice flour to make a mask. (video ideas: 1 | 2 )
  8. Daft punk ($9.99): WHY NOT?! It’s an awesome album that’s chill & relaxing to listen to in the car! And yes… I’m old school and still buy CDs :P

Here’s to hoping that all of these things work! Or at least some of them! Don’t worry, I’m not going to try everything all at once.. that’ll just make my skin freak out. But I will ease into using these different techniques to see if they work over time. Dealing with acne is like a science experiment.. have to try different things to see what works! But wouldn’t it be awesome to find a remedy that only costs $1.00 (like the rice flour method)? *crosses fingers* I’ll let you know how they work!


I love sales.

You know that satisfying feeling of looking at your receipt and seeing the amount of money you’ve saved? Yeah, that’s how I felt today. I had some errands to run & decided to stop by CVS while I was out and look at some of the beauty clearance items. First off, not all CVS stores have the same items on clearance, it just depends on where you go. Anyways, there weren’t that many things that appealed to me, but a few things did! And luckily, the ones I liked happened to be 75% off! SCORE.

CVS receiptAs you can see by the receipt, I saved $17.83 on three items. If that’s not a deal, I don’t know what is! I also bought a non-sale item, but let’s just ignore that for the time being :P Anyways, I bought a Revlon Lip Butter in “Cherry tart” for $2.07 (originally $8.29), a Revlon super lustrous lipgloss in “Peach Petal” for $2.12 (originally $8.49), and a Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad in “Beauty Spells” for $1.75 (originally $6.99).  The Burt’s Bees item I got was a set of the cuticle cream + a lip balm for $4.99 because I was running low on my cuticle cream & I can never have enough lip balms!

Clearance itemsCan we take a second to admire that beautiful green sticker stuck on these items? These are items I probably wouldn’t have bought if they weren’t on sale. “Cherry tart” is a red & I’m not a huge fan of red lips (bad memories as a child when my mom would slather red lipstick on me & I’d have big, pouty red lips… *shudders*), but I figured for $2.00 I could give it a shot. And I like it because it’s sheer! Not as traumatizing for me :D

I hope some of you are/were able to get some good things at CVS! If you’re into nail polish, I know that certain Revlon nail colors & Orly are on clearance. And other random beauty items.. I’d go to nouveaucheap’s post to check out some of the items that people have found on clearance! Let me know if you picked up anything good lately ;)