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Mask Monday | Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask

Just catching up on all these outstanding promises 😁😁😁

To make my Top Five yuh know it gaww be seyin serious. #TeamModen loves clay masks as y'all know. Mud masks give the same clarifying results without the potentially harsh drying. Now us oily skin folk embrace that "drawing out" feeling but truly, we need not completely strip our skin of its natural oils. I think this Irish Moor Mud Mask is a very happy medium. This is a review and not a first impression since I've completely used a mini of this product before.

From the website: "Purifying, decongesting and hydrating mask with odorless Irish Moor Mud helps draw out dirt, oil and grime as it infuses skin with moisture, vitamins, essential minerals and potent anti-oxidant benefits. With the highest level of organic content in the world, 9,000 year-old black Moor Mud is harvested by hand from the Irish countryside and combined with Hijiki Seaweed, Volcanic Ash and Activated Charcoal for powerful cleansing whi…

2017 Top Five | Skincare

Firstly let me state that I loved all the skincare mentioned in the samples post. I just wanted to bring you some products that I purchased in the full size (or bigger than travel size).

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask ($58USD 5 oz.)

There's no Mask Monday on this yet but there will be. I went through a mini of this early last year and was too happy to get this 1.7 oz in a value set. This product gives the benefits of a clay mask without the excessive skin drying.

Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser (25.50GBP 3.4 fl. oz.)

This is an excellent gentle cleanser that smells great. A separate post on this is coming too πŸ˜‰ I purchased this from Pure Source Barbados but I don't believe they're still stocking the brand.

Son & Park Beauty Water ($30USD 11.49 oz.)

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules ($287BDS DP 60 Ampoules)

This hey much so that I almost didn't buy it. But then I thought, the s…

Sephora VIB Haul November 2017

It just occurred to me that I've shopped this sale for four years in a row. 2014, 2015, 2016 and now. One difference this toss; I was in the US when the sale started. So the first part of this haul actually took place in store.

Since I was in a store I was given a tote. And yeah it's January so I have used most of these by now. Regular readers would recognize the Son & Park Beauty Water. Yes, that's my second bottle. I was standing in front of this in The Grove and I just felt an overwhelming sense of dread when I thought about not picking it up. Sephora not shipping to mail forwarders anymore is really messing up my mojo. The only items I haven't gotten into yet are the Sephora Algae Face Mask and the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Let me know what you want a review on 😊

When I got home I felt like I left a lot of things I wanted behind. Typical case of tuh much tings, too little money. This year Sephora let VIB Rouge members shop all the sale dates (as should be f…

2017 Top Five Influencers

Everybody appreciates a solid recommendation. That's why #TeamModen is so popular right? πŸ˜‰

I was thinking about the purchases I made last year and the things that I still want to get. How did I hear about them? What convinced me to part with my money? Besides the constant hunt for the best...Below are the top five beauty connoisseurs that inevitably wreck havoc on my bank account.

Stephanie Nicole

Of course, cause I mention her in almost every post. I appreciate her approach to the beauty industry. She's a no bullshit 'I-work-for-my-money-so-I-don't-have-to-kiss-brands'-asses' kindda woman. She checks ingredients and does her research. I pay special attention to her reviews on skincare products and she recently gave us a good tip on a highlighter brush. Per her recommendation I've purchased the: Sunday Riley Good Genes, Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser (mini), Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser, May Coop Raw Sauce (mini), May L…

The Makeup Show L.A. 2017

I know, I know...I get back eva since. The task was trying to figure out if to separate the experience post from the haul. Let's lump it all together shall we? Prepare to scroll.

Sharalee thinks that this show had more of an uptight crowd. There were a lot of celebrity -and celebrated - professional makeup artists. Still, I didn't get the vibe that is was less friendly than New York. The Makeup Show on a whole has a more serious feel than IMATS. The Pros are about knowledge sharing and networking. Of course the brands are there to sell products but that doesn't seem to be the frenzied focus. Lots of shots are taken at Instagram trends and click bait marketing 😁These are real lovers of the craft that don't take kindly to fly-by-night 'online influencers'. That said, the brands have embraced social media and a few current marketing mediums #obvs
L.A. didn't have a Beauty Tour like the New York version but there was a Beauty Brunch on the day before the Show …

2017 Top Ten Samples/Trial Sizes

Happy New Year! 😘

It seems like all beauty bloggers have the same dilemma at the end of each year: put all your favourites in one post or separate them by category. Emily has changed up her Emily Awards and our girl Tiffany has gone the category route too. Last year, I did the all in one thing and while I understand the need to be succinct, sometimes yuh shouldn't compromise the information you want to share. All that to say: strap in, the best of 2017 is gonna take a few posts.

Since last year I've been raving about the benefits of samples and trial sizes. I mean, Sephora knows what it's doing when it offers those Favorite kits and other sets. #issatrap Before we get into the nitty gritty of 2017 Best Ofs...I wanted to tell you about the best samples - or minis - that I tried last year.

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil ($33USD 6 oz.)

This breaks down everything; including stubborn mascara and eyelash glue.

May Coop Raw Sauce

Sephora used to sell this essence but it seems lik…