I’ve enjoyed various types of facials over the years.  Some were heavily focused on treating and eliminating my acne.  Others were meant to even out skin tone.  I’ve also experienced anti-aging facials meant to promote & stimulate collagen.

Having problematic skin means always looking for the next best thing.  Well, I’m here to tell you that even though I’ve tried a bunch of treatments, one stands out as superior.  What I love most about this facial is that it gives amazing results even if your skin is already flawless.
A friend of mine has the kind of skin that we all dream of.  She doesn’t need any foundation but always looks as if she’s wearing a high-end formula.  All she has to do is a little brow grooming, wear her signature cat eye and she looks completely pulled together.

I, on the other hand, was constantly talking about trying out the newest, skin correcting facial on the market.  One day curiosity got the best of her.  She asked me what facial I’d recommend for her skin.  It didn’t take long to come up with a response.  Immediately I suggested she try the hydrafacial.

My reasoning behind this recommendation is simple.  The hydrafacial produces results that can make great skin look even better.  In my opinion, the only thing better than good skin is ultra-hydrated skin. That’s exactly what the hydrafacial delivers.  Your moisturizer lays on top of dead skin cells, hoping to penetrate.  The hydrafacial first exfoliates (like a light peel) before infusing your skin with an intense serum cocktail.

A short while later, my friend took me up on my suggestion. Already knowing the answer, I asked for her honest opinion on how she felt about the results. She loved it!

Of course she did.

That’s because this facial is designed to give glowing skin.  Best of all, your skin continues to improve over time.  I treated myself to a hydrafacial recently. The beauty school I sometimes visit began offering the service and I jumped at the chance to experience it at a much lower cost. Unfortunately, the student who worked on my skin was very inexperienced.  The instructor advised me that it was her first day working on clients and I definitely could tell the difference. Although she didn’t do that great of a job, I still enjoyed phenomenal results.   Days after the hydrafacial, my skin practically glowed.  That’s what I love most about the treatment, you can look forward to bright, glowing skin and your products working better than before.

If you’ve been slacking on your skin and you want something to kickstart the transformation process before summer, the hydrafacial is for you. If your skin is already good, I suggest that you take the opportunity to go from good to great by treating yourself to the facial that celebrities flock to before hitting the red carpet.

To save a little money on the hydrafacial, check out Groupon to see if any spas are offering specials in your area. Then you can look into scheduling a session at an esthetician school like I did.  But if you have to pay full price, it’s definitely worth the investment.

There’s a show called Big Brother that provides 24-hour live stream video of the contestants as they compete for a grand prize.  Recently, they launched their first celebrity edition of the show.  The moment I learned of this, the first thought that crossed my mind was that I would learn the beauty secrets of some of the celebrity houseguests.

I didn’t watch the live stream as much as I wanted but, of the little I did watch, one thing became extremely clear.  When bored, most of the ladies lounged around with little masks under their eyes.  It was commonplace for them to hydrate their undereyes before every taping of the live show.

I thought it would be a great idea to try this for a little while and see if consistent use of these eye masks could really make a difference.  But I was concerned about the cost.  Since I don’t earn millions of dollars a year, I had to come up with a cost-effective way to have ample amounts of under eye sheet masks at my disposal.

Thankfully, I found the perfect solution.
I’ve purchased under eye masks in the past but rarely used them.  Why? Because a lot of them are kinda pricey.  This keeps me from really committing to a regimen of using them consistently enough to see any long-term results.

*turns to the camera and says*  “There has to be a better way!”

There is a better way! And it’s so cost-effective that I don’t even blink at the thought of wearing eye masks daily.

Muji offers plain, dry eye mask sheets for only a few cents per pair.  They’re made of thin cloth-like cotton that’s super absorbent. They soak up your serums and lotions in a second and hold the moisture in while you hydrate your undereye.  You can grab 30 sets of under eye sheets for less than $10.00!  That is an absolute steal!

Don’t worry about having to purchase serum for the mask, chances are you probably already have some at home.  I’ve alternated between using Missha Essence, La Mer’s Treatment Lotion, or leftover serum from previous sheet masks.  Any liquid hydrator will work.

Sometimes I use these on my nasal labial folds, or forehead like Tracey Ellis Ross.  Once my eye area is adequately hydrated, I place the same sheets over my smile lines to get the most bang for my buck.

Now I can use sheet masks multiple times a week as I lounge around without an ounce of guilt.
For those who are interested, Muji also offers plain full-face sheet masks as well.  They’re perfect if you have a ton of serums at home and want to quickly use up your serum/toner collection.  These eye masks are probably my favorite recent beauty purchase so, of course, I had to share the good news.

I adore when celebrities give us a glimpse of products they’re loving.  Some of them are very generous with sharing some of their #notsponsored favorites.  Karrueche Tran is a favorite on this blog because (1.) she’s really into her skin and beauty routine and (2.) she shares what snapshots of the products she loves.

The other day, she shared a simple image of a product with no caption.  As usual, I took a screen shot.  After taking the screenshot, I did something I’ve never done before.  I immediately went online and purchased without even researching any reviews.
Luckily for me, I found a sample size to try.  The product is not cheap so I wanted to test it out for minimal investment.  Also, the sample is perfect for travel.  A few days later, the mask arrived.  At this point, I still hadn’t researched reviews so I had no idea what to expect.

Farmacy’s Honey Potion behaves much differently than your typical honey mask.  I’ve masked with pure honey before and loved it! This face mask is nothing masking with honey alone.  When you visually inspect the mask, it has the look, texture, and thickness of golden honey.  The best way to describe the consistency is like a gooey (luxurious) balm.

But once the product touches the skin, magic starts to happen.  During application, the mask quickly transforms into a rich cream.  Moments later, you start to feel a warming sensation on your skin as the mask begins to activate.  You heard me right, this is a warming mask that stimulates the skin upon application.

Some of the hero ingredients include honey (of course), royal jelly, and echinacea which is rich in antioxidants.  They also source the honey from bees who pollinate echinacea plants.  Studies have found that echinacea is effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles in as little as 1 month of use.   Basically, this mask is not only hydrating but has potent anti-aging benefits as well.

So far I’ve used the mask twice.  I’ll share my thoughts by first starting with the drawbacks.  Honey potion is marketed as a hydrating mask.  I’ll be honest with you, it’s not all that hydrating.  Honestly, using plain honey (or better yet, manuka honey) on my face produced superior hydration.  I’d describe this more as a nourishing mask. 

Even though it’s didn’t deliver with regards to its promise to hydrate the skin, I still love this mask and here’s why.  With most masks, you apply then wait patiently and passively to finally rinse it off.  With Honey Potion, you are expected to actively participate in the masking experience by massaging the skin while you wait.  THIS IS THE PERFECT MASSAGE MASK.  Your fingers easily glide over the skin without feeling sticky.  The more you massage, you more you engage the warming sensation.  The warming sensation is so valuable because that means that blood flow is being directed to the face.

This precious blood flow to the face is worth its weight in gold.  I believe that younger skin receives more circulation to the face than mature skin.  It’s part of the reason why younger skin has a certain glow while mature skin appears flat and lackluster. With Honey Potion, you manually promote facial blood flow via massage while enjoying a little extra help from the product itself.

NO OTHER FACE MASK PRODUCT IN MY ARSENAL DOES THIS.

For that reason, I absolutely adore this mask and plan on investing in the full size. I also believe this is one of those products that provide cumulative benefits with consistent use.  I say this because that has my experience from only using Honey Potion two times.  Once I get the full size, I plan on using it regularly while executing a full facial massage routine.

I adore when celebrities give us a glimpse of products they’re loving.  Some of them are very generous with sharing some of their #notsponsored favorites.  Karrueche Tran is a favorite on this blog because (1.) she’s really into her skin and beauty routine and (2.) she shares what snapshots of the products she loves.

The other day, she shared a simple image of a product with no caption.  As usual, I took a screen shot.  After taking the screenshot, I did something I’ve never done before.  I immediately went online and purchased without even researching any reviews.
Luckily for me, I found a sample size to try.  The product is not cheap so I wanted to test it out for minimal investment.  Also, the sample is perfect for travel.  A few days later, the mask arrived.  At this point, I still hadn’t researched reviews so I had no idea what to expect.

Farmacy’s Honey Potion behaves much differently than your typical honey mask.  I’ve masked with pure honey before and loved it! This face mask is nothing masking with honey alone.  When you visually inspect the mask, it has the look, texture, and thickness of golden honey.  The best way to describe the consistency is like a gooey (luxurious) balm.

But once the product touches the skin, magic starts to happen.  During application, the mask quickly transforms into a rich cream.  Moments later, you start to feel a warming sensation on your skin as the mask begins to activate.  You heard me right, this is a warming mask that stimulates the skin upon application.

Some of the hero ingredients include honey (of course), royal jelly, and echinacea which is rich in antioxidants.  They also source the honey from bees who pollinate echinacea plants.  Studies have found that echinacea is effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles in as little as 1 month of use.   Basically, this mask is not only hydrating but has potent anti-aging benefits as well.

So far I’ve used the mask twice.  I’ll share my thoughts by first starting with the drawbacks.  Honey potion is marketed as a hydrating mask.  I’ll be honest with you, it’s not all that hydrating.  Honestly, using plain honey (or better yet, manuka honey) on my face produced superior hydration.  I’d describe this more as a nourishing mask. 

Even though it’s didn’t deliver with regards to its promise to hydrate the skin, I still love this mask and here’s why.  With most masks, you apply then wait patiently and passively to finally rinse it off.  With Honey Potion, you are expected to actively participate in the masking experience by massaging the skin while you wait.  THIS IS THE PERFECT MASSAGE MASK.  Your fingers easily glide over the skin without feeling sticky.  The more you massage, you more you engage the warming sensation.  The warming sensation is so valuable because that means that blood flow is being directed to the face.

This precious blood flow to the face is worth its weight in gold.  I believe that younger skin receives more circulation to the face than mature skin.  It’s part of the reason why younger skin has a certain glow while mature skin appears flat and lackluster. With Honey Potion, you manually promote facial blood flow via massage while enjoying a little extra help from the product itself.

NO OTHER FACE MASK PRODUCT IN MY ARSENAL DOES THIS.

For that reason, I absolutely adore this mask and plan on investing in the full size. I also believe this is one of those products that provide cumulative benefits with consistent use.  I say this because that has my experience from only using Honey Potion two times.  Once I get the full size, I plan on using it regularly while executing a full facial massage routine.

I’m pretty sure that most, if not all of you have heard of dry skin brushing before.  It’s basically a holistic technique where you stroke your body with a huge bristled brush for the purposes of stimulating blood flow while exfoliating the skin.  Sounds good right?

Loads of women utilize their body brushes before jumping in the shower to loosen dirt and hopefully diminish the appearance of cellulite.  Before getting into rebounding, I’d often brush my body to stimulate lymphatic drainage and detoxification.

Dry brushing the body is cool and all, but I think I’ve stumbled onto something even better.
My newest obsession is dry face brushing.  Actually, I face brushed years ago but completely forgotten about until recently.  Now that brushing my face regularly again, I’m kicking myself for having ever stopped.

What is face brushing exactly? Basically, it’s just like body brushing except you’re using a tiny bristled face brush.  The same rules apply. You are still trying to stimulate lymphatic drainage while promoting toned, firm skin.

Face brushing does a wonderful job of exfoliating and bringing blood flow to the surface of the skin.  I started dry brushing again after reintroducing retin-A to my regimen.  Retin A always makes my forehead peel.  To combat this, I decided to gently remove the flaky skin with the help of a dry face brush.  It worked like a charm!  Then I remembered how much my skin improved when I dry brushed years ago so I’ve since kept up the habit.

Dry face brushing is probably one of the most potent forms of manual exfoliation.  I’m my opinion, it’s more powerful than scrubbing with microbeads.  If you have dry facial skin, you’ll actually see dead cells lift from the surface of your skin.

Beyond the surface exfoliation, one of my favorite reasons to dry brush my face is for the anti-aging effects.  I use similar lifting motions to when I massage.  I believe the skin responds positively to massage and manipulation.  Dry face brushing is a bit more abrasive to massaging the face with your hands.  So in theory, you might experience more lifting and toning than massaging with your hands alone.  It also really helps speed up cell turnover.  And, with the top layer of the skin removed, you create the environment for your products to absorb better.

Who wouldn’t want that?

I categorize this as a more advanced level skin treatment.  Meaning, if you have sensitive skin that’s irritated easily (or prone to flare up), you may want to sit this one out. Or, at the very least, approach with caution and dip your toes in by grabbing a more gentle brush to experiment with.  Your skin might eventually build up a tolerance so there’s no need to go overboard if you’re just starting out. I don’t face brush every day because I like to give my skin some time to regenerate in between sessions.  Body brushing, on the other hand, you can do on a daily basis.