As an oily skinned gal, I love a good mud mask. Anything to help decongest, detoxify and keep my skin from breaking out is something I want to keep in my routine regularly. Some mud masks however can strip my skin horribly, leaving it dry and uncomfortable - only exacerbating the issue and making my skin more oily and prone to breakouts. I have been using two mud masks religiously this summer and love how they manage to clear out my skin while still keeping it balanced and hydrated.
1. NIOD Flavanone Mud - There are mud masks, and then there is the NIOD Flavanone Mud. It's more advanced than any other mask in my collection mainly because it continues to work days after it has been removed helping to protect the skin from environmental damage. It removes surface impurities, leaves my skin less oily immediately after and the day following and gives a slight exfoliation. Because of it's formulation, it is not designed to irritate or disrupt the skin leading to little or no inflammation after. Initially I used it every night for 5 nights as suggested and found that my skin looked better as the week went on. I had a particularly uncomfortable blemish on my chin and it cleared up quicker than usual, with little to no surrounding redness of the area. I now use it in my routine once a week for maintenance and my skin has stayed balanced and my pores look cleaner and less congested. The only downside is the color - I prefer removing it in the shower because it stains very easily. But for these results I'll take the risk.
2. Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask - While most mud masks are designed to help deep cleanse the pores, I got quite a lot moor (haha) with this mask than expected. After leaving it on for 10-15 minutes, my pores looked minimized and my skin felt tighter and firmer almost immediately. Exfoliation is often an added benefit of using a mud mask, but this left my skin smooth yet incredibly hydrated and radiant. This mask experience is a mini facial in a jar! It's a great product to use when you need a quick boost for the skin and want instant results. I went on to apply my makeup right after to see how it would wear and it glided on my skin like I had airbrushed it on. It's true that good skin can truly enhance the look of makeup, and this mask's results proves that completely.
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I'm not going to miss the heat and humidity, but I am going to miss how easy it is to get dressed in the summer. I wore this cute boho mini dress to dinner last night and was able to get dressed in under 5 minutes flat. LOL And I love having quick pieces like this in my closet that I can grab and throw on for a last minute dinner.
I loved the block heel trend all summer (and frankly wore the heck out of these since the day I bought them), so I was so excited to see that it was still going strong for the upcoming fall season. Splurging on this amazing pair seemed like a comfortable yet chic way to enjoy the trend but still have a pair of shoes that would last me for years to come. As someone that lives for a heel under 3 inches, I couldn't be happier that most of the ones I have seen are that height or under. I rounded up a ton of block heeled pumps for fall in the below widget so be sure to check those out!
I wore this outfit last week when heading to dinner and then we ended the night at this cute sno-cone place. After experiencing one of the best sno-cones of my life in New Orleans, this paled in comparison but it was still a refreshing treat in the heat!
I love the idea of a summer sweater and this one was the perfect mix of summer yet a little thicker so that I don't freeze when indoors. If you notice the frayed hem of my jeans, I am proud to say that I did those myself! *pats self on back* The hem was way too long on these jeans when I first bought them, but loved the overall style so I didn't want to send them back. I also didn't want to pay to have a seamstress hem them, so I grabbed a pair of scissors and went to work. After cutting them to the length I wanted, I threw them in the washer and dryer for two cycles and they came out with the perfect fray! I didn't use a special pair of scissors, though I can imagine that if you have fabric shears it may be easier to get cut through the fabric. Either way, it's an easy accent to add to your jeans!