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Product Review – Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat & Portable Washing Cup

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaner Fast Brush Cleaning Mat

Over the years I have tried many different ways of cleaning my makeup brushes. Or back in the day when I was young and foolish I just didn’t. Now that I am older and wiser that really bothers me to think I did that at any point, and how disgusting that was. But I think in general all of us makeup consumers are wiser now, we have better information about our makeup tools and how to care for them properly.

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaner Fast Brush Cleaning Mat

But I was recently offered the opportunity to purchase the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat and Portable Silicone Washing Cup at a discount for review purposes, I said absolutely. I had already been considering trying something like this, so this was great timing.

Both pieces arrived packaged together but wrapped individually.

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat and Silicone Cup Packaged

After I unwrapped both pieces I took them out and examined them both before using them. They are both made from odorless non-toxic silicone. The sales page claims the silicone is also eco friendly, I am not really sure in what way they mean, but that is what they claim.

The large mat is actually an apple shape which I will talk a little bit more about further in. On the front there are seven different textures or designs. They are supposed to be for cleaning in different ways and different sizes of brushes. On the back there are seven suction cups.

Front of the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat

 

Back of the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat

And taking a look at the front of the small portable washing bowl it only has three types of textures or designs. The size is tiny in comparison, but I suppose it would come in handy for travel if you need something like that. On the back it is one large suction cup.

Front of the portable cleansing bowl

 

Back of the cleansing bowl

So I had a stockpile of both dirty brushes and new brushes that I am testing out for review. So I set up everything in my bathroom and got ready to try it out. The apple shape really helps it fit the contours of the sink and get in there close to the drain. Though I have seen these mats in different shapes, I am not sure if some shapes are better for different types of sinks.

Set up the cleaning mat

I tried to put it through a thorough test of cleaning different types of brushes and at different levels of dirty. I even tried cleaning some things that had dried on glitter glue.

Using the mat to clean makeup brushes

 

drying off a brush on a microfiber towel after cleaning it on the mat

 

Cleaning and laying out makeup brushes to dry

I really think it did a great job of cleaning. It is definitely a time saver over my last way of cleaning my brushes. I was using one of the silicone eggs. It’s a similar concept, but because of the way you have to hold it and how small the egg is, it can be quite time consuming. Plus I felt you really had to work hard to get the egg to really clean. This was so quick and effortless almost. The only ones I had to put any real effort in was the ones with dried glitter on them.

I decided to put the suction cups to the test as well. I hate when products have suction cups and then they stick for like 30 seconds or less and fall off the wall.

Trying out the suction cups on the portable cup

You can see I have the cup suctioned to the mirror here. I tried the mat in the sink and on the mirror. I have to say I was impressed with the suction cups too. After I cleaned everything back up I decided to put the mat and the cup up on the mirror just to see how long they would stick. The mat hung for well over 48 hours. The cup was a little over 72 hours. This didn’t even offer a guarantee on how long it would stick just that it would. So I think this is a great product.

If you would like to try one out for yourself you can find them on Amazon. The set sells for just $10.00 with free Prime shipping. So quite affordable.

 

So tell me in the comments below, what is your current method for cleaning your makeup brushes?

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Plus Size Valentine’s Day Look Book 2017

Plus Size Valentines Day Lookbook

Plus Size Valentines Day Lookbook

As you can probably already tell from the title, this is going to be a Valentine’s Day Lookbook. This is the first look book I have ever done, so go easy on me. I will probably do more in the future, but not on a regular schedule. And just in case anyone is not sure what the difference is between a lookbook and what I usually do is, a look book tends to feature multiple looks all set around one theme with limited info on the clothing. What I usually do is only more detailed info and only one or two looks.

What I really wanted to do here is make sure that I get you the basic info you need and offer a range of styles and prices for any budget. I wish I could have shown you more options, but I just didn’t have time to do it this year. I will as usual try to include info on the fit. For reference I typically wear a 20W or 2X at most traditional plus size clothing stores like Lane Bryant or Torrid. My measurements are Bust:49″ Waist: 42″ Hips: 54″. So I really hope you all enjoy the looks I put together, I would love to hear your feedback.

 

ESPRLIA Plus Size Lace Dress

Dress: ESPRLIA Plus Size Retro Glam Lace Dress – Sold on Amazon for $52.99 regular price. Currently on sale for $23.99. Available in size 1X to 5X, I ordered a 3X (I felt their size chart was accurate). Available in three color combinations, this is the black lace and purple lining.

Shoes: My shoes are from Prima. I have had them for several years now. However I did find these Nina Women’s Bobbie LS Dress Sandal that are very similar. They come in two color options and the price starts at $31.38. Price depends on size and color picked.

Jewelry: My earrings are black chain on a French hook. I bought them a couple of years ago while on vacation. I can’t send you to a link for the exact pair, but I have found a very similar pair on Amazon. Check out these Drop Chains and a Rhinestone Earring By Fashion Destination.

 

Plus Size Black Lace Maxi Dress

Dress: I purchased this dress on Amazon. It is sold out through the seller I bought from. However I did find it available from another seller. The size charts are the same and everything. This Plus Size Lace Maxi Dress sells for $59.99 regular price. But it is on sale for $32.99 right now. Available in sizes 0X to 5X, I ordered in a 2X (I feel like this fit everywhere except where the band is at, it is quite snug there. I would not recommend this for anyone who puts their weight on in this area). Only available in black.

Shoes: The shoes I have on, you can’t really see them, but they are a pair of Nine West pumps from a couple of years ago. They are really similar to these Nine West Women’s Favorly Peep Toe D’orsay. They sell for $55.99, but there are limited sizes left.
City Chic US

 

Pixie Dust Pleated Skirt from Society Plus and top from OCC

Skirt: Pixie Dust Pleated Skirt – Sold by Society Plus for $39.99 at full price (they almost always have some sort of sale, like right now they have two different sales happening so make sure you use a coupon code). Available in sizes 14/16, 16/18, and 18/20 (I don’t understand the sizing choice, just make sure to check the size chart). I ordered the 18/20, I could have possibly gotten away with ordering the 16/18. If you wear a 22 at most places you could still possibly wear this if you happen to be a pear shape or hourglass. It is available in two color options, the one I am wearing is Magenta.

Top: The top is from a brand called C.O.C. I purchases it several years ago on Zulily.

Shoes: These are a pair of platform heels from Candy’s. I bought them about eight years ago, so obviously they no longer have them. And unfortunately I am not seeing anything similar.

Hair Accessory: I am wearing a Goody brand chiffon hair flower clip. I couldn’t find a link online, but most drugstores carry them and I found a similar one on Amazon. It’s the Wholesale Princess Chiffon Fabric Flower Hair Clip. They look spot on the same. They are available in twelve color options and sell for $2.49 + $3.49 shipping.

 

Society Plus Tutu paired with a Bardot Top from Torrid

Skirt: 5-Layer Tutu Tulle Skirt Sold by Society Plus starting at $79.99 regular price (they always have sales going like now, they currently have two sales in progress as I type this. So be don’t forget to use a coupon code). Available in sizes 14/16 to 34/36. I can’t tell you what size I have because I bought mine back when they were still Cool Gal Blue and they offered these customized. I do know they are still the same design, but I don’t think they custom make them anymore. They are available in three lengths and eight colors.

Top: The Off The Shoulder Bardot Top in pink. I purchased this at Torrid last year and it is no longer available in this color. There are some other options available though. The same top is still available in black. You can find it on Torrid’s Website or on Amazon. You can also make one of the Foldover Collar Sweaters from Torrid work.

Shoes: My shoes are from Eva & Zoe. I bought these a couple of years ago at Off Broadway Shoes. I can’t find anything like them currently.

Belt: My belt is from city chic. They no longer have the exact one I am wearing in the picture, but they do have the Wide Metal Plate Belt. It looks just the same with the exception of the color is slightly different. This is a stretch belt all except the metal potion in the front. It closes in the back with a snap. It sells for $24.00.

Jewelry: I purchased my bib necklace at TJ Maxx a few months ago. I have no idea what the brand is or where to point you to for the exact one, but I found this Crystal Flowers Bib Necklace Set By Fashion Destination that is similar. It sells for $24.34 currently, but the regular price is $44.13.

 

In the comments below tell me what you are planning on wearing for Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Society Plus Love Leap Sale

 

 

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Hidden Gems Of Amazon – Jooniyaa’s Long Sleeve O-Neck Slim Bodycon Midi Dress

Me holding Lady Catterly

Hidden Gems of Amazon

I have for you another hidden gem of Amazon. I have done several of these now. My last one featured a Unicorn Skater Dress from CowCow, but you can find them all using the search feature in the archives.

Today’s hidden gem is the Joniyaa’s Long Sleeve O-Neck Slim Bodycon Midi Dress.

Plus Size dress found on Amazon

This dress is available in six prints. It comes in sizes small through 5X. It sells for just $18.99 with free shipping.

I ordered mine on December 30, 16 and I received it on January 20, 17. So it took exactly three weeks to receive it. Though the estimated time was much longer.

Long Sleeve O-Neck Slim Bodycon Midi Dress available on Amazon

The fit is great and comfortable. I typically wear a 20W or a 2X at most traditional plus size stores like Lane Bryant or Torrid. In this dress I ordered their 4X, though I could possibly have fit a 3X. I like form fitting, I just prefer it to not be super tight. For reference my measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42″ Hips: 54″. Their size chart is in centimeters, but here is a centimeter to inches converter to help you figure out your size.

Size chart for the Jooniyaa Long Sleeve O-Neck Slim Bodycon Midi Dress

Depending on how tight you like your clothing and your body shape, the 5X fit up to a 24W.

Me holding Lady Catterly

I really love the cute owl print on this dress too. It is so different from anything I have in my closet already. The sleeves, I am not really sure what to call them. They aren’t quite full length, but they aren’t 3/4 length either. They seem to land in between. The split above the knee is quite unique as well. Not that having a split is unique, but the way they chose to do it is. Instead of it being a straight split, it is rather rounded.

Paired with it I have on my wide calf boots from the Journee’s Collection on Zulily. I also have on a pair Silver Hoop Earrings from Icing.

The fabric is of medium thickness. It is definitely not what I would choose for cold weather wear. By itself, it is probably right for mid spring/fall.

BOJooniyaa Bodycon Dress paired with a Society Plus Cardigan

However you could easily extend the wear of this dress by pairing it with a simple cardigan like this You, Me, & A Cup of Tea Cardi in Dark Red from Society Plus. I think the red really pops against this dress.

 

Tell me in the comments how you would accessorize this dress. And don’t forget, I am open to any suggestions of brands or specific items you want me to check out on Amazon for this series.

 

I did receive this item at a discounted price for review purposes. However all opinions expressed are my own whether they positive or negative.

 

Society Plus Winter Clearance

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Week Three Sheet Mask Challenge #newyearnewskin

New Year New Skin Challenge

New Year New Skin Challenge

We are now at the end of week three of my sheet mask challenge. If you missed the previous post you can click here to find week one and here for week two.

 

Day 15

Esfolio Pearl Essence Sheet Mask

This is the Esfolio Essence Mask Sheet – Pearl. As you have probably heard me say way too many times now esfolio is one of my favorite brands because I really see results from their products. This pear essence mask helps with brightening. If you are unsure what that means you probably never had a problem with dull skin, but it can essentially mean one of two things. People usually mean that skin doesn’t have the radiance and brightness that youthful skin has, or sometimes it’s used in referring to uneven skin tone. This sheet mask cost $1.99 at regular price.

Day 16

berrisom Black Rice Horror Mask

This is the Berrisom Horror Mask Skull – Black Rice. This mask, while the picture was hilarious, was not a good fit. It did not cover my whole face. The essence is supposed to be for moisture and elasticity, however I really didn’t think this mask performed well. It did feel pleasant on. Like most of these fun mask, I would classify them more as a beginners mask. They are great to get people interested in skin care, especially teens. This sells for $3.00 normal price.

Day 17

Botanic Farm Avocado Mask

This is the Botanic Farm Natural Energy Mask Sheet- Avocado. This is a great mask. Super moisturizing, and it contains a lot of the vitamins and antioxidants your skin needs. It performs well. It is $16.00 for a box of 10.

Day 18

This day was skipped because I was ill.

 

Day 19

Mediental Soothing Sensor Hydrogel Mask

This is the Mediental- Relaxing Soothing Sensor Hydrogel Mask. I had a bit of trouble with the initial application and getting this to stay in place, but after the initial two to three minutes it was fine. The mask itself was very cooling and soothing feeling. I will definitely repurchase this mask. And it is one of the most affordable hydrogel masks I have tried. It cost just $3.00 at regular price.

Day 20

Holika Holika Baby Silky Hand Sheet Mask

This is the Holika Holika Baby Silky Hand Mask Sheet. This is great for softening your hands and cuticles, especially in the winter time. I hadn’t tried this particular brand before but I had tried similar. They all seem to work well. This sells for $5.48, and I believe you get two packs. The link goes to Amazon, but I bought mine somewhere else that is now sold out.

Day 21

Ettang Modeling Take-Out Cups

This is the Ettang Modeling Take-Out Cup Pack. We used these at the Korean Skin Care party I co-hosted with my friend Jenny. I used the Mulberry one. This is not a sheet mask obviously, but I didn’t get home till late and I had done so much skin care at this point, there was no need to do more before bed.

 

Let me know in the comments what masks you tried this week.

 

And don’t forget any of the mask that are available on Beauteques website you can receive 10% off your purchase with the code KAREN

 

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Product Review – Wet n Wild ultimate brow Mascara

Wand of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

It seems like in the last couple of years, thanks mostly to YouTube and Instagram, everyone has been obsessed with achieving the perfect brow. The current trend seems to be a bold full brow with a nice arch. I have never been one to get onto brow trends for several reasons. I naturally have always had extremely thick brows with an arch that I thought was nice. I have also seen what over plucking can do, and trends with brows always change. So even if you don’t have the brow that is popular for the day, you will the next year or so.

That being said, I have been trying more brow products recently because aging is not my brows friend. My brows have been thinning and I seem to be getting some gray in my brows, which seem to leave them looking even more sparse than they are. I have been trying pencils, powders, and gels. I have even tried a couple of those weird staining products from Korea. In my search to find products to that work well for me I also have tried high end and drug store.

Today I wanted to focus on the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara I have recently been trying out.

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

I tried this out in their dark brown color Nothing But Bru-Nette. They also have two other color options available. Also available is You Got Au-burned! and Blonder Over Yonder. Lets be honest here, it’s not the broadest range of colors. But hopefully it works for you.

Prior to doing anything major to my brows, I would generally use a clear brow gel just to help tame my brows, and that is about it. And while I had not previously used any of the brow gel or mascara from Wet n Wild, I have found that out of the various pencils I have tried, they make the brow pencil that works best for me. But I was a little unsure when it came to the brow mascara whether it would work for me. I had previously tried several other brands, some I could make work some I couldn’t, none of them really gave me the results I wanted.

But when trying a new product to review we must go into it with an open mind, right? You also need to have a clear idea of what you want in a product so you can be objective on what you find to be good, bad, and neutral points. For me, I am not looking for those perfect on fleek Instagram brows. Here is what I am looking for:

1. something to fill in my brow

2. keep my brows in place without feeling crunchy

3. not make them thicker than they are

4. take minimal time and effort to use

My first thoughts when opening the bottle and looking inside was that the color looked really light. I thought for sure it was not going to match me. My second thought was that I did like how small the wand was. One of the previous brow mascaras I had tried had too large of a wand and it was too hard to control where the product went.

Wand of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

As you can see this wand is quite small. And when I got to actually try it out I felt I had a decent amount of control. I do wish the tip came to a slightly finer tip than it does, but that really is the only thing negative I could say about the wand.

Once applied I was happy to see the color was a better match than I thought it would be.

Me without any makeup and no brow product on.

This is me without any makeup on, so no brow product in. I think by most people’s standards they probably wouldn’t understand why I wanted anything in my brow, but its one of those things that are about your own perspective.

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And here I am with my brows done using the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara.

This does go on very wet and takes a solid minute or so to dry down, or at least it did for me. During that time if you touch your brows, it is possible to spear the product and mess them up. However after it dries down it stays in place well.

It did leave my brow a little stiffer than what I would like, but it was not super “crunchy” feeling. However it kept them in place better than anything I have ever tried. And the speed and ease of use was great. I had both brows done in under two minutes. Three if you count the drying time. When I use a pencil, or even some of the other brow mascaras I have tried, the time is much longer.

Overall I am very pleased with the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara. There are a couple of small things that I wish could be improved, but it is by far better than any other brow product I have tried and the price is better than most too. This will most likely be my go to brow product until I find something I like better.

Tell me in the comments below what your go to brow product is.

 

 

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Plus Size OOTD – A Tale Of Two Stores

Plus Size City Chic Pelum Top

City CHic Top, Torrid Jeans, and T.U.K. shoes bought on ModCloth

I might have mentioned a time or two in the past there are always two brands that I can count on to consistently fit me, and fit me well. Not only that, but I feel their styles often compliment each other. That probably has a lot to do with why I have so much of both of them in my closet. Now if you have been reading my blog or following any of my social media for a while, there is probably good chance you already know what brands I am talking about. For those of you who are new here or just are not good guessers I will go ahead and tell you I am talking about Torrid and City Chic.

For size reference my measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42″ Hips:54″ I typically wear either a 2X or 20W at most traditional plus sized stored like Lane Bryant or Torrid.

Plus Size City Chic Pelum Top

I am wearing a faux leather peplum top from City Chic. I purchased it a little over two years ago, so I am sorry to say this is no longer available. I really like peplum tops, but on my body type they are tricky to find ones that fit me in a way that I both like and doesn’t make me look pregnant.

In order for it to fit me the way I like, I have found the peplum either needs to be very structured (like the one I am wearing here) or the complete opposite and be completely soft fabric. Anything in the middle seem to not work on me. Also the placement of the waist band is a big deal. I don’t think I will stop here with the explanation and if I hear from enough of you that you want me to do an actual post about the different types of peplums I will do that.

Plus size outfit of the day

On the bottom I am wearing a pair of Torrid Multi Zip Jegging in weathered black. They don’t have this color anymore, but I think the dark grey looks very similar. You can find those on both Torrid’s Website and on Amazon. I have these jeans in three different colors. You have seen the dark wash in previous pictures. They are my favorite jeans I own. These for some reason do not fit like the other two pairs. These are a lot looser in the booty and the legs.

Shoes are TUK bought on Modcloth

For anyone wondering what I have on with it. The shoes are a pair of TUK heels I purchased on ModCloth a couple of years ago. They don’t have any left, however there are still a few in stock at TUK’s Website for now. Grab them quickly if you want them.

Black cat necklace

And this is the necklace I have on. I briefly subscribed to the Cat Lady Box. It didn’t work out for me for the most part, but now you can buy their exclusive items in their shop. So you can still purchase this Sterling Silver Black Cat Necklace in their shop.

 

Tell me in the comments below do you have two clothing brands that work well together for you?

Countdown to Summer

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Week Two Of My Sheet Mask Challenge #newyearnewskin

New Year New Skin Challenge

For those of you following along with the sheet mask challenge this is the summary of the masks I used for week two. If you are brand new to the blog or just now checking out the challenge you can still catch up by checking out what I used for Week One Of My Sheet Mask Challenge.

Day 8

Etude house hydrogel mask

This is the Etude House Skin Note Calming Face Hydrogel Mask – Aloe Glacial Water. I am sorry to say this is the first Hydrogel mask I have ever used that I did not like. It was highly fragranced, unlike anything I have ever used in Korean brands. And the gel was not very moist. It dries out quickly. These sell for $3.50 at regular price.

 

Day 9

Missha Real Solution Sheet Mask

This is the Missha Real Solution Tencel Sheet Mask – Ceramide (Soothing). This was the first time I used this mask. I loved the cooling soothing feeling of this formula, but I was a little surprised at how messy and hard to deal with the actual mask was. That is unusual for a Tencel mask. But it was still a great mask and I will buy this one again. These sell for $3.25 at regular price.

 

Day 10

FoodAholic Cucumber Essence Sheet Mask

This is the FoodAholic Cucumber Natural Essence Mask. It is currently sold out at all the places I would feel comfortable referring you to buy from, but I am sure they will be back in stock soon at most places that carry this brand. I have used this mask before. They are a 3D mask. I don’t actually like the 3D mask, but I like the formula of the essence and haven’t found a suitable replacement. If you are unfamiliar with 3D masks, instead of being flat and you shaping it to your face they come pre-shaped like a face sort of. They don’t work so well for me as most are made for very small faces. But I can tear them a bit and make them work. When these are in stock they sell for $1.99 regular price.

Day 11

F+C Skin RX Facial Firming Mask

This is the Saference F+C Skin-RX Facial Firming Mask. This was another new one I tried. I could feel some sort of effect from it. There was slight tingling feeling. Not unpleasant, but I am not entirely sure I really saw any difference in my skin. But this was the hardest mask ever to unfold. I spent a minimum of three minutes trying to figure it out. I would consider giving this one another try, but I don’t think this would ever become a favorite. These sell for $2.39 at regular price.

 

Day 12

Beauty Concepts Pedi Patrol Repairing Foot Mask

This is the Beauty Concepts Pedi Patrol Repairing Foot Mask SPA Sock. This comes in a three pack. I had already used two of the pairs, and honestly I just wanted to use these up and clear out space. I am not a fan of these. I have tried other brands that do a much better job. These do make my feet feel a little softer for a day or two, but that is about it. I probably won’t buy these again. These sell for $16.99 a box at regular price.

 

Day 13

esfolio Black Caviar Hydrogel Eye Patches

This is the Esfolio – Black Caviar Hydrogel Eye Patches. They are cooling and have a slight brightening effect to the eye area. You get thirty pairs of these in a container, and the black caviar variety is just one option you can choose. I am not sure how many types esfolio makes, but there are two other options on Beauteques website. These sell for $14.99 at regular price.

 

Day 14

LadyKin Ice Cold Mask

This is the Ladykin Lifting Ice Cold Mask – Acai Berry. One final new to me mask for the week. Wow, I really tried a lot of new masks this week. Anyway, this is a cellulose mask. They are very similar to hydrogel mask in looks and feel. But there is enough difference that you can definitely tell the difference. This mask itself was very cooling and refreshing. I will definitely buy this again. This sells for $4.99 at regular price.

 

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried any of these masks before and what you think. Also make sure to let me know if you are also taking the mask challenge.

 

 

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Product Review – AOMUU Facial Scrub And Massage Pad

AOMUU scrubbing and massage facial pads


I am always looking to try new way to exfoliate my skin. Exfoliation is an essential part of my skin care routine. It should be for everyone, but it is even more so important for me due to my skin condition cause by my allergic dermatitis. Exfoliation is one of the main components that helps keep it under control. I have talked a lot about how my Balsam Of Peru Allergy affects my skin and skin care routine and if you want to know more about it you can look back at any of the many post I have written referencing it.

Currently I use approximately four different types of exfoliation methods that I switch back and forth from. Typically I only use one type a day. Each type I use is good for different things. But like I said I am always looking to try new products. So when I heard about the AOMUU Facial Scrub And Massage Pad I was eager to give it a try.

AOMUU scrubbing and massage facial pads

I had seen a few people trying it out on YouTube and talking about how great they were and that they were switching to using these instead of their sonic cleansing brushes. I think this is a big part of what had me so curious. So I will make sure to touch on pros and cons of these facial scrub pads so you will know whether its something you would actually want to make that kind of switch for.

So they come in a two pack. I am not sure if they all come the exact same color or not, but I have two packs of them and they both came in this pink and green combo. Not that the color really matters to me, but I know some people do care.

When you flip the pack over and on the back you instructions and tips.

Instructions and tips on the back of the box of the AOMUU facial scrub pads

Even before you open the package you can see that the pads each seem to have a little handle. So I took mine out and took a closer up picture of both sides for you. This way you can really get a good look at both the bristles as well as what the handle looks like.

Front and bacl of the actual AOMUU facial scrub and massage pads

Now if you look at the bristles on the front you can clearly see the three different sections and how they differ. They start at the top being more fine. The box says this is meant for more sensitive parts of the face like around the eyes and nose. Then as you graduate down they become more coarse. The medium ones in the middle are meant to be for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells. And the coarsest on the bottom, it says it’s for massaging the face and enhancing blood flow.

And that hole in you see in the handle, it goes all the way inside from what I can tell. I find this a bit disconcerting at times. I am probably worrying about nothing. I know that silicone is less likely to develop mold and mildew, but I find myself wondering if its developing in there since water can get inside of it. But the handle is supposed to work like a suction cup, and you are supposed to be able to hang it up like this. I tried that out and while it stayed up for a bit, about thirty minutes later I heard a crash in my bathroom. Lesson learned, never trust a suction cup.

Now they recommend that you apply your cleanser to your face first and then start using the scrubbing pads. But I had to be rebel and try it both ways just to see if it really made a difference.

Trying out the AOMUU with cleanser on the scrubber first to see if it makes a difference

Basically I did see a small difference in using the cleanser on my face first. But the difference was so small I honestly would not worry about it that much.

I have now tried this out for about twelve days now. I have tried to use it at least once a day, sometimes twice a day.

Me using the AOMUU facial scrubbing pad

This also claims that you can use it as a makeup brush cleaner. While I did not try this out I do believe that would work as it looks very similar to one of the makeup brush cleaners I already own. I don’t think I would use the same one I used for my face though if I were going to do that.

So I know the big question is “what did I think?”.

Well I have very mixed feelings about this product. For me I like strong exfoliation, and this just is not that. But if you are someone who finds the sonic cleansers or physical scrubs a bit too much for your skin, then this might be a good option. However on the flip side when you look at it as a facial massage, then I really loved it. I have had salon facials before, and this felt almost as nice as some of those. Now if only it came with someone to run it across your face for you……Well I can dream can’t I?

Would I replace my sonic face brush with this? No. Will I continue to use this? Yes, but just not for the exfoliation. I really did like the facial massage aspect. I can see this being something I incorporate into my routine maybe once a week or once every other week. I do have some myofascial pain and I could see this potentially helping with that.

If you are interested in trying the AOMUU Facial Scrub And Massage Pads you can find them on Amazon.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried these already and if so what did you think?

Now for those of you that have stuck with me this far, I have a bit of surprise. As with a lot of my review products I got this at a discounted price for review purposes, however all opinions are all my own. But this time I wanted to do something nice for my followers, so I went back and got another pack of these with my own money so one of you will also get to try these out. You will also get a few sheet masks. The giveaway will happen on Instagram, so you will want to make sure you are following me there if you want to win. You will need to keep an eye out over the next couple of day on my Instagram post for the one with the instructions to enter.

 

 

 

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Plus Size OOTD – That’s Punked Up

Wide calf boots from the Avenue

Today I have for you another soft punk look for you. I actually wore this out to pick up groceries and run other errands right after taking these pictures and it got a lot of compliments. I actually live in a relatively conservative area of the US too. So just don’t be afraid to try new things because you are afraid of what people might think.

Plus size outfit of the day

I am wearing the Torrid V-Neck Sweater in Black. However this seems to be only available in size 00 now. But they do have it in a dark red color as well which can be found on both Torrid’s Website and Amazon.

Plus Size outfit from Torrid and Avenue

These exact pants are no longer available. I purchased them last year. However the Luxe Stretch Skinny Pant in Plaid Print are pretty close. They are available both on Torrid’s Website and on Amazon.

Wide calf boots from the Avenue

The boots are from the Avenue. However they are completely sold out and I do not see anything similar.

 

In the comments below let me know if you have tried any of these soft punk looks since they have been back in style? Is it too far out of your comfort zone, or maybe you like a harder look.

 

 

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Week One Of My Sheet Mask Challenge #newyearnewskin

New Year New Skin Challenge

I had originally had intended for today to be a fashion post, but we have unfortunately this week been hit by a sudden and drastic drop in temperature as well as our first snow of the year(or as I like to call it Devil Dust). And doing a fashion post is both more time consuming as well as physically exerting, and I just don’t have it in me to do it right now. So consider today’s post brought to you by fibromyalgia. It sponsors a lot of my decisions in the winter time.
So what am I talking about today? If you saw my post from a little over a week ago about my goals for the year, then you know that all this month on Instagram I am doing a sheet mask challenge. I am using a sheet mask every day this month in my skin care routine with no repeats, so 31 different sheet masks. I have tried to share a little info about each one, but I thought I would do a summary each week on here with links to the actual masks as well as any additional info I thought might be helpful. I may end up sharing some of the same info, but not everyone follows me on Instagram.

New Year New Skin Challenge

And everyone is welcome to join in and participate with the sheet mask challenge, it’s not too late. If you don’t have or can’t afford enough sheet masks for the rest of the days of the month, just participate as you can.

Day 1

A'PIEU Sweet Mwlon Sheet Mask

On day one I used the A’pieu Sweet Melon Sheet Mask. This is a cotton mask that you leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. This is a pleasantly sweet melon scent. I am not sure what the melon is that is used, but the closest reference for scent that American’s will recognize is a Honeydew Melon. The mask is soaked in a mixture of melon and milk protein extracts. This is mainly used for moisturizing. It sells for $1.99 regular price.

Day 2

Holka Holika Juicy Aloe Sheet Mask

On day two I used the Holika Holika Juicy Mask Sheet – Aloe. This is used for soothing and moisturizing. It has a light fresh scent that you would expect from aloe. However if you detect a little something more in the scent, that is because there is also cucumber and cabbage extract in the mix. This mask can be worn for 15 to 20 minutes. It sells for $2.20 at regular price.

Day 3

A'PIEU Black Charcoal Sheet Mask

On day three I used the A’Pieu Pore Deep Clear- Black Charcoal. This is a black sheet mask. The main ingredient is black charcoal. It is great for not only cleansing the surface of your skin of impurities but also your pores. While a lot of clay masks that do the same thing may dry your skin out, no worry about that with a sheet mask. So all skin types are okay to use this mask. This sells for $1.99 regular price.

Day 4

esfolio Volcanic Ash Essence Sheet Mask

On day four I used the esfolio – Pure Skin Volcanic Ash Essence Mask Sheet. This is in my top ten favorite masks of all time. This is a must have mask for anyone that deals with skin issues that cause plaque like build up on the skin. It’s good for other people too. Like a charcoal masks it cleans out skin impurities, but it does it in a different way. I normally purchase this mask from either Beauteque or Memebox, but neither of them currently have it in stock for some reason. I looked and the only place I have purchase from before that has it in is yesStyle, so that is where the link leads. Please be aware if you order from yesStyle those items ship from China, so expect anywhere from a two to six week wait for your items. Also they seem to only be available by the box on this site, so it will be a higher price than just one at a time. They sell for $17.42 for a 10 pack.

Day 5

Shelim Ultra Hydrating Essence Mask Sheet in Coconut

On day five I used the Shelim Ultra Hydrating Essence Mask- Coconut. This was a new mask to me that I was really excited to try. I love anything coconut, and I was not disappointed. I want to give it another try, but this just might move into my top ten favorite masks. The smell was amazing, just like a pina colada. This mask is a real work horse to. Obviously from the name you know its going to be used for hydration, but it is also good for soothing damaged skin, helps with skin elasticity and vitality. And it says “The active component forms a protective coat on the skin, while locking in moisture.” You can keep this one on for 20 to 25 minutes. It sells for $1.90 at regular price.

Day 6

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On day six I used the MediHeal Cacao Ade Sheet Mask. I can’t link this because no one seems to have it in stock at the moment. I think a lot of items are seasonal. This is also one of my top ten sheet masks. It is meant to be a topical cleaning kind of mask, but it also is very relaxing to me because of the chocolate smell. Yes it smells like real chocolate. It feels very soothing on the skin, and it feels like a real spa like experience. This normally sells for $1.90 at regular price.

Day 7

SkinFood Beauty in Food Mask Rice

On day seven I used the Skinfood Beauty in a Food Rice Mask Sheet. I normally get these from Beauteque, but they are sold out. The only place I could find them currently was on Amazon, which is where I linked you to. However, it is for a full box. This mask moisturizes, smoothes, and brightens. It sells for $14.40 for a 10 piece box.

 

If you decide you would like to try any of the items mentioned from Beautque, don’t forget you can get 10% off your order(even on sale items) with coupon code KAREN.

 

Tell me in the comments below what your favorite sheet mask is, and don’t forget to let me know if you are participating in the sheet mask challenge.

 

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