Behind The Blog featuring All About Leanne…

Thanks so much to the amazing Karen for featuring me on her blog! Check out my virtual interview on Confetti & Curves and be sure to follow her. She is one of the first blogs I connected with on WP and is most definitely one of my favorites still ❤

All About Leanne

Hey Beauty Buddies…

To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement. From 5pm this afternoon I have five glorious days booked off work to look forward too. Not that I’m planning on going anywhere special or doing anything remotely remarkable, but just having that stretch of free space makes me almost delirious with happiness. No 5am starts, no school run, no rushing around first thing in the morning trying to locate my phone charger or last minute hunt for Emma’s PE shoes. It’s such a rare thing having so much time to myself, but I could happily fill it with doing absolutely nothing other than recharging my batteries. How lovely is it to be able to plan each day after we surface in the morning? That in itself is a rare and special treat!

Talking of treats… I have our second blogger of the week joining us on the virtual sofa this…

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February 2016 Sephora Haul

February 2016 Sephora Haul

Earlier this month, I had a little shopping spree at Sephora–a Valentine’s Day treat for myself.

List of products purchased:

I have yet to try all of the products, but right now I’m loving the Touche Éclat Neutralizer. I definitely want the other colors, as well as the Touche Éclat Strobing Light Highlighter.

Have you tried any of these items? Would you like me to review any of them?

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit

Important announcement: I’ve found my new holy grail for dealing with pesky blackheads!

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit

This 3-step kit is “perfect for pore control” and certainly the most effective blackhead removal product that I’ve tried thus far.

From the Holika Holika website:

The first step opens your pores which allow for removing blackheads easily. The second step removes blackheads. The third step [is] to minimize pores.

After cleansing, place step-1 on nose for 15-20 minutes. Remove it slowly and wipe off any blackhead or impurities from pores. Wet nose with water and place step-2 on nose. After 10-15 minutes and slowly remove it from the edge. After step 1 & 2, place step-3 on nose. Remove it after 10-15 minutes and gently tap it for better absorption.

For a full list of ingredients, please refer to the product page.

Packaging: All of the writing is in Korean, but it’s easy to figure out this kit even without instructions. There are also cute illustrations to guide you along. Each step is enclosed in a separate pouch, and the pouches can be detached from one another via perforation. Like regular sheet masks, they are very easy to tear open. Steps 1 and 3–a sheet mask and jelly mask, respectively–are super saturated and packed with extra serum.

Scent: Each step contains lemon extract, so the product overall has a very lemony/citrus scent. The scent is strongest and sweetest in step 1, the sheet mask. I personally really like citrus fragrances, and I did not find this overwhelming at all. In steps 2 and 3, the masks have a more chemical lemon smell–not so good, but not a big deal.

Texture:
Step 1 – The cotton sheet mask is quite thin, but otherwise feels like any other sheet mask.
Step 2 – This is the blackhead removing strip. It is very soft and pliable, with a felt-like texture. Although it is strong, it does not feel grossly sticky at all. As usual, the strip turns rigid after use.
Step 3 – The jelly mask is a little thinner than other hydrogel masks I’ve tried, but it holds together well.

Experience: I am so glad that I ordered a pack of these kits during Memebox’s Cyber Monday sale, and I can’t believe it took me this long to actually put them to the test. After one use, I was in love. I get a ton of blackheads on my nose and chin, so I’ve tried a handful of different products to combat them. Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit is by far the best one that I have used to date. It removes a majority of my blackheads, while keeping my skin hydrated.
Step 1 – I was doubtful that this lemony sheet mask would be able to open up my pores, but it was surprisingly effective. After 20 minutes of use, I could see my blackheads brought to the surface. I was able to wipe some away with just a cotton pad, before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2 – This blackhead removal strip is amazing. After carefully placing it on my nose, I could feel the adhesive really hug my skin. Once the strip was dry, I gently removed it. It looked totally gross–but in the good, effective strip kind of way. (I would have taken a photo, but no.) Most of my blackheads had disappeared, and my skin did not look dry or irritated at all.
Step 3 – Because the strip was not drying, I don’t think this jelly mask is really necessary; however, it’s still a pleasant and hydrating final touch.

Tip: Use the kit on your chin! I used steps 1 & 2 on my chin, and it worked wonderfully. For this purpose, I actually cut step 2 in half to be economical.

Rating: 5/5, obviously. This kit is seriously powerful, yet great for sensitive skin. I highly recommend it. Goodbye, blackheads!

Have you tried Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit before? How about other Holika Holika items? Let me know in the comments!

Helpless Whilst Drying: Win My Favourites Giveaway – Massive 2 Year Blogiversary

Helpless Whilst Drying

Like my actual Birthday, my Blogiversary sneaks up on me and I’ve been planning a perfect time to do a win my favourites Giveaway for a while, and I’ve slowly been whittling it down to my favourite products and thinking about them – I’ve finally got myself a list which doesn’t seem to have moved or budged so doing it in celebration of my blogs second birthday a few weeks ago. I thought I would launch and celebrate it now!

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Mascara in the City: Too Faced BEAUTY GIVEAWAY! 💄💋

Mascara in the City

Hi my loves!!

Giveaway

In anticipation to almost reaching 500 FOLLOWERSand changing my blog name I wanted to spread the love, and give my amazing followers ANOTHER amazing TOO FACED GIVEAWAY!!THANK YOU ALL whom supported me, and continue to support me! Without you there would be no Mascara in the City, and I love you all sooo much!

The set that ONE lucky winner will be receiving is thisToo Faced Totally Obsessed Set, YAYAYAY!! I am super excited to give this set away because Sephora just posted this on there latest arrivals section. YES this set is BRAND NEW to Sephora. CaptureThis set contains:
– 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
– 0.08 oz Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
– 0.16 oz Melted Liquidfied Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua
– 0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
– 0.16 oz Hangover Replenishing Face Primer


To enter this giveaway…

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