Golden Globes + Dr. Jart Sheet Mask Review

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. We relaxed and got some stuff done around the house which was perfect. Then, I prepared for one of my favorite times of the year: AWARDS SEASON!

To sit here and say I’m a fashion expert would be a lie, but I love awards season and oogling the gorgeous dresses and jewelry and makeup and hair that comes down the red carpet.

The 2016 Golden Globes were no exception and my favorite was:

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (not shocking!). The red gown was so stunning and the cutouts were so different. Her Chopard jewels, especially the choker, were incredible! Many didn’t like the hair, but it seems very “J-Law.” Talk about someone who does what they want and doesn’t care what others think — love her! The red lips were a good choice, too.

The next group of ladies were my next round of favorites — probably second was Julianne Moore, third – Kate Bosworth and fourth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I didn’t see Julianne Moore’s gown until later in the show — INCREDIBLE and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is just so gorgeous. I’m going to spend the next week attempting to capture the texture her hair stylist managed for the event. The gold just looks amazing on her. JLo looked gorgeous as always and Rooney Mara went with such a bold choice with hair and makeup — love it — and her McQueen gown. Jenna Dewan-Tatum wore my favorite sparkly number of the night, but, and this is petty, don’t use the pockets for the red carpet shots. Every girl loves pockets in her dress, but it just looks strange in some of the portraits — a lot of ladies posed with hands burrowed in them and it looked weird.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to right: Kate Bosworth (Dolce & Gabbana), Rooney Mara (Alexander McQueen), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Saint Laurent), Jennifer Lopez (Giambattista Valli), Julianne Moore (Tom Ford), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Zuhair Murad).

Every year, Amy Adams always seems to be one of my favorites and Rachel McAdams choice of pattern was beautiful. I couldn’t find the designer of Uzo Aduba’s dress, but, after always choosing a bold color, I like that she chose a black, sparkly number. Her waves and middle part were pretty, too. Brie Larson ROCKED that gold Calvin Klein gown–her abs are insane and Olivia Wilde looked so gorgeous in the Michael Kors gown. Her date rocking Jordans was pretty awesome, too.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to Right: Amy Adams (Versace), Rachel McAdams (Lanvin), Uzo Aduba (couldn’t find designer), Brie Larson (Calvin Klein Collection), Olivia Wilde (Michael Kors Collection).

Laverne Cox just always glams up for the occasion and her white gown was beautiful and Zendaya looked so grown up in the Marchesa dress. I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, but Joanne Froggatt’s periwinkle gown was so pretty and Sophia Bush went simple and classic — so gorgeous! Bryce Dallas Howard’s dress story was probably the best of the night as she talked about picking out her own gown at Neiman Marcus the week leading up to the Globes. If she did her own styling, too, bravo! Loved the earrings and the simple hair with such a bold gown — could have gone with a low updo, too, but her hair color popped against the blue.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to Right: Laverne Cox (Elizabeth Kennedy), Zendaya (Marchesa), Joanne Froggatt (Reem Acra), Sophia Bush (Narciso Rodriguez), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jenny Packham).

Microsoft Word - Document2Left to Right: Maura Tierney (Elizabeth Kennedy), Leslie Mann (Monique Lhuillier), Natalie Morales (couldn’t find designer), Jane Fonda (Yves Saint Laurent Couture), Savannah Guthrie (couldn’t find designer), Katy Perry (Prada).

I always get kind of sad watching people KILL these actresses for their red carpet choices, but the above dresses just weren’t my favorite. It doesn’t mean they don’t look gorgeous, but, especially with Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie, I thought the styling was just off. Both of those ladies look impeccable on the Today Show everyday and I was just underwhelmed by their red carpet looks–they’re both so pretty, too! Leslie Mann, Maura Tierney, Jane Fonda and Katy Perry are different ages, but all of them have rockin’ bodies — Katy’s dress might have tried to show that a little too much. Her gown was just too tight for my taste and just didn’t have that ‘WOW’ factor for a red carpet. Hopefully, they all felt gorgeous because, at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters!

Well, that was fun! I can’t wait until the Oscars — always my favorite!

Now, for a quick beauty product review: the Dr. Jart Clearing Solution sheet mask.

I follow Jillian Harris on social media and, especially on SnapChat, she’s always highlighting sheet masks that she uses when she’s traveling, so when I received a Sephora gift card for Christmas (Thanks, Mom!), I thought it’d be a great time to try a few different ones.


For the last few weeks, between the differing temperatures and stress from the holidays, my skin has been freaking out, so I chose the clearing solution mask after buying about six different ones.

Here’s what it promises:

What it is:
An ultra-fine microfiber sheet mask that controls blemishes and corrects uneven skintone.

What it is formulated to do:
This silky, hydrating microfiber sheet mask—made of soft microfiber finer than a strand of hair—addresses trouble-prone complexions by soothing redness and inflamed skin from acne and preventing pigmentation. Featuring a super silky texture, the thin material of the mask gently clings to skin for even and consistent absorption of active ingredients. Glutathione, a potent antioxidant, visibly evens out skintone and helps brighten and improve the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. A trio of essential ingredients including salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide control excessive oil and breakouts for a clear, luminous skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

I decided to do it yesterday when I had plenty of time to let the serum soak in after using it. Here are the directions:

Suggested Usage:
-Cleanse and apply toner.

-Peel off, discard the film liner, and apply mask adjusting around eyes and mouth.
-Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.
-Remove the mask and gently pat remaining serum until fully absorbed.

Skin before: you can definitely see that there’s a lot of redness, scaring and blemishes (really keeping it real today!).


During: Ha ha! The dogs usually freak out when I do face masks and this was no exception!


After: This is with the serum still on my skin. The redness definitely was toned down. I left the serum on until I went to bed (probably a couple of hours; it was definitely sticky, so not something I could have done if I had somewhere to be).


Verdict: I liked it; it didn’t seem to make TOO dramatic a difference right after, but I’m hoping the blemishes I have now clear up more quickly and that it helped with that process. Throughout the day today, I didn’t wear any makeup and limited the products on my face (I used my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate last night and the Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion in the shower today to clean out my pores) and I’ve notched the blemishes going down a little. I liked the feel of it and the fact that I could use the serum after just using the mask. I left it on my face for hours!

I hope you found this helpful — I purchased a variety of masks, so I’m looking forward to testing them out during the coming weeks.

Have a great day!



Product Review: Boscia Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal

For Christmas, I received some new products to try and as a gift I was especially excited about the Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal and Detoxifying Black Cleanser.

The cleansing sponge has always interested me and, after using the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask for years, I was looking forward to trying more of the line.

As a very loyal Clarisonic girl, it was a little strange to not use it every day since Christmas, but I’m loving rotating the two so far. The sponge is awesome — it softens up when you wet it and, combined with the detoxifying cleanser, I really feel like my face is so clean after using it. Occasionally, I have to take a break from the Clarisonic because it does clean so deeply. I’m hoping that the mixture of the two will be the perfect combination.

Below is what the sponge promises:

Konjac Cleansing Sponge With Bamboo Charcoal cleanses and exfoliates to deliver smoother, softer, brighter-looking skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and eradicating blemish-causing bacteria. Formulated for combination to oily skin, the konjac root absorbs debris and impurities, while the bamboo charcoal acts as a natural anitbacterial agent, to cleanse deeply and detoxify pores without irritation. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skin types, it can be used over the face, neck, and even the delicate undereye area. When used regularly, it helps draw out impurities, minimize the appearance of pores, and reduce blemish-causing bacteria       

It definitely delivers. Even though my skin feels SUPER clean, it doesn’t feel like it’s been through the ringer and I have no redness which is amazing.

Below is a description of the cleanser:

This Black Cleanser heats up on contact with skin to effectively open and de-clog pores. Its gel texture transforms into a gentle and effective lather to dissolve oil and makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging surface debris, impurities, and excess oil. It refines skin texture, brightens skin clarity, and minimizes the look of pores over time.

What I’ve really loved about the cleanser and the sponge is that I don’t have to use a ton of product to get a great lather to wash my face. It always frustrates me when I go through a bottle or tube of something quickly because it takes a ton of product to be effective.

Another part of the the gift was the Charcoal Pore Minimizing Hydrogel Mask. The reviews aren’t great, but I’m looking forward to trying it. The single-use masks seem to have been all the rage this past year. This will be my first time trying one, but some of the Sephora ones are on my list to try out.

I hope this review was helpful — did you receive any beauty-related products for Christmas?

Have a great day!





Must Haves – Skin Care

Happy Monday!

After a wonderful weekend, I thought it’d be fun to talk skin care to kickoff the week. I officially posted the link to the blog today, so, for everyone that visited, shared and has been supportive as I’ve written posts the last week or so, THANK YOU! Click here to learn about the story behind the name.

Now, on to skin care!

When I was in high school, my mom was kind enough to introduce me to taking good care of my skin. She took me to Clinique to find gentle, quality products that were a good introduction to skin care. I was pretty committed to taking care of my skin throughout college – with the exception of not wearing sunscreen during my college tennis days (HUGE regret!) – and am always looking for the best products and options to ensure that my skin is as healthy as possible and that I avoid wrinkles, of course!

Working in PR, one of the things that I noticed was one aspect of the job was taking a toll on my skin: travel. My first year, I was guilty of being lazy when it came to skin care. We would get into a city at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. and I would just crash – wouldn’t take my make-up off, wouldn’t moisturize and, sometimes, I hadn’t had any water during the flight. Starting my second year, that changed. I became the weirdo on the plane taking my make-up off, taking my contacts out, slathering on night cream and chugging water. I let me skin care freak flag fly and I’m VERY glad I did!

Throughout the last few years, I’ve found a lot of great products and below are my must-haves. A lot of them would work for all types of skin, but fine tune your routine – talk to professionals and do your research. I’ve gotten a lot of insight and suggestions from bloggers from around the country. Go in-store and talk to the reps from different companies. I’ve always thought highly of Philosophy products, but, in May, as I freaked out about turning 31, I was in need of something to help with sun damage on my nose and forehead, as well as a new moisturizer. On a shopping trip and while investigating a few options, I spoke with the company’s rep at Ulta. Turns out, I wasn’t using the best night creme from their line for my skin and they had some great Vitamin C products to add to my routine. So far, I am more than impressed with the results from adding Philosophy into my skin care routine.


Pictured above from left to right: Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser, Clarisonic Mia 2. 

First step: washing your face. Like many people, I swear by my Clarisonic Mia 2. It was life changing. The model I have allows you to use it with the body scrub brushes, too. I received two of the cleansers as gifts and I switch off between the Acne Daily Facial Clarifying Cleanser (not pictured) and the Refreshing Gel Cleanser. During its anniversary sale, Nordstrom had a few different models on sale. I don’t overuse my Clarisonic – just once a day maximum. My skin always feels so clean after using it and it helps build-up in my pores, especially on my nose where blackheads are prone to forming.  With the Louisiana heat, I feel like I am constantly sweating, so this feels especially great in the summer time. Note: you can use lots of different cleansers with the Clarisonic – I’ve tried a bunch of different ones, including Philosophy’s daily cleanser, but do really enjoy the line Clarisonic has created. 

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Pictured above from left to right: Target’s Up and Up Eye Makeup Remover Liquid, Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar (with 30 SPF), Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder, Philosophy No Reason to Hide, Simple Cleansing Micellular Water. 

Every girl needs a great eye makeup remover and Target’s Up and Up Eye Make-up Remover has become my favorite. It doesn’t break the bank, is oil-free and gets the majority of my mascara and eyeliner off without any problem. They also sell a value 2-pack, so I stock up to save a little money.

The next item is my daily moisturizer: Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar with 30 SPF. This is a product I was introduced to by the Philosophy rep and I love it. Philosophy recently launched its second version of Hope in a Jar and it’s less greasy, at least in my opinion. I had to wait a month or so because I wanted the one with the SPF, but it is such a great product. It smells great, goes on smooth and layers great under my make-up.

The next two products are the first two that go on my clean face in the morning and I mix them together. The No Reason to Hide is a lightweight serum that is for skin that needs something to help with anti-aging, but before you move to the Miracle Worker line (which I didn’t know until I talked to the rep). It was recently launched and, so far, I feel like it’s made a HUGE difference in my skin’s appearance. While I was still looking to add some Vitamin C to my routine, and though it’s a bit high maintenance every morning, I mix the Turbo Booster C Powder with the No Reason to Hide to help give my skin that extra boost and try and repair some of the sun damage. I don’t get facials often – maybe two to four times a year, but at every single one, they tell me that I have sun damage on my nose and my forehead. I’m a little anxious to get one now to see if the booster has made a difference under that show-all magnifying light!

One item that, in my search for the perfect product, gave me a lot of trouble was a face make-up remover/astringent. For YEARS, I used Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 2 and, in the last year of using it, probably three years ago, I just noticed my skin was getting dried out. I switched to witch hazel, but the honeymoon period ended about six months ago – again, because of dry skin. When I saw the word ‘water’ in the name of the Simple Cleansing Micellular Water, I thought I’d give it a try. The reviews were good online and so far, so good. I do feel like it takes a little more product to get all of the make-up off, but my skin doesn’t feel dry at all after using it and, using cotton rounds, I do feel like it gets all of my make-up off.

Midnight recovery

Pictured above from left to right: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Oil. 

Kiehl’s is another great line for skin care and these are two incredible products: the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream (Saks was out of the full size, so the consultant had to give me some samples) and the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Oil. I thought it was CRAZY to put oil on my skin, but the recovery oil is amazing. It smells great and, when I wake up, my skin feels so rejuvenated. I use the eye cram every night, but use the oil every other day. Some days, especially in the summer, I just use eye cream at night to give my skin a break. Probably not recommended by professionals, but the daily make-up application and removal routine makes me feel like sometimes my skin just needs a timeout. These are definite-try products – Kiehl’s has samples of both, too, and they go a long way. If you see a counter at your department store or a store front, do yourself a favor — stop in and try it out. If you want to purchase, check (they sometimes do a free coupon for download) or their website offers a percentage off on your first online purchase.


Pictured above from left to right: Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion, Philosophy Microdelivery In-Home Vitamin C Peptide Peel, Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. 

Twice a week, after I wash my face with the Clarisonic in the shower, I use the Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion. It is amazing. Two suggestions: don’t use too much and don’t do it too often or your skin will begin to produce more oil to make up for the oil you’re exfoliating away. This one is so gentle and my skin always feels so soft and clean after I use it. Here are some tips about over-exfoliating and the signs you need to cut back.

One of the products the rep from Philosophy recommended was the Philosophy Microdelivery In-Home Vitamin C Peptide Peel. Peels make me nervous, but this one is great. I usually do it once a week, though I’ve been slacking, and I really like how my skin glows after I use it. The rep told me to wait for a 25% off sale on the website or at Ulta since it’s a little pricey, which I did, but it’s been worth the investment.

I first red about the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask on Veronika’s Blushing and it’s a great product. It does, however, freak the dogs out when I wear it because it’s dark grey! I usually switch between this, the peel and the Aztec face mask to mix it up. I’ve been using this product for about four years now and have nothing but great things to say. The bottle last forever, which is great, too, because you get your money’s worth.

Lastly, and I LOVE this one, too, is the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask. I read about this on a blog, too, at Carrie Bradshaw Lied. Although the apple cider vinegar makes it not smell the best, my skin is so clean and glowing after this treatment and it’s SO affordable. I got both products at Whole Foods and it couldn’t have cost more than $15 combined.

Overall, skin care routines and products are constantly changing, but I hope this was helpful as you build your own road map to taking care of your skin. I enjoy trying to products and finding the one that works best for me and my lifestyle – it’s a fun process, in addition to one that teaches you a lot!

Have a great start to the week and thanks for reading!


Please note that these opinions are my own and I have genuinely tried all of the products discussed in this post. None of these companies have asked for my opinion or supplied me with products to try with the exception of free samples in lieu of having the products I wanted to purchase available.