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Meanwhile back in Paris. . .

This month Ipsy Bag is about getting lost so you can find yourself. Ipsy, are you telling me to get lost? lol. I wish I found Paris if I ever get lost. I miss travelling, however, I am already lost But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. Myself. U2? Go me!

SUR.MEDIC+Pore-less Carbonic Peel Mask
This bamboo charcoal sheet mask is made with carbonated water (it doesn’t feel fizzy, just super-refreshing) that clarifies impurities and gently removes dead skin cells.
It’s packed with alpha-hydroxy-acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s). AHA’s help gently exfoliate and improve your skin’s moisture levels. While BHA’s unclog pores and have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Together, they brighten up and smooth out your complexion. They retail for $3.50(US), and I got 2 packs.

LORD & BERRY20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick in Spicy or Intimacy
This crayon is creamy, smooth, and richly-pigmented, and they won’t dry out your lips like some matte formulas tend to do. The colour is long-lasting, and it is actually good for you! It has Vitamin E which boosts hydration and serves as an antioxidant, with anti-inflammatory properties. It comes in two shades – a spicy nude taupe that’s flattering on so many skin tones, and a mauve pink that feels so fresh and springy. Call it Spicy OR Intimacy. I got Spicy. Retails for omg! $18.00!? That is expensive.

SLMISSGLAMSparkle Everyday Glam Beauty Sponge
A makeup sponge! It’s cute and small but I like it. It retails for $17.50 (USD) OMG!

NEON & CO.Hair & Scalp Mask Retails for ..wait for it… $60 !?
It says it is just like a facial only for your hair. Imagine that! I would be impressed if it masked the grey out of my hair and brought back my natural hair colour Lol. Talk about anti-ageing. *)

FIRST AID BEAUTYUltra Repair Hydrating Serum
It retails for $36. This hydrating serum is made with hyaluronic acid, which leaves your skin super soft and smooth.
In a rush? The lightweight, water-based formula absorbs really quickly so you can apply your makeup right away.
The soothing formula is loaded with calming ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and aloe leaf juice, so it’s great for all skin types—even sensitive. Yay!

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Well, that’s all folks. See you again next month.

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When I was in my late teens, I used wet wipes and Isopropyl rubbing alcohol on my face. You know those air-laid paper towelettes folded into pocket-sized packaging? I thought it would help clear up my acne! 😦
Naturally, I should have been using a good toner. I had extremely oily skin, and I just wanted to get the oily sebum off my face. Those with oily skin would understand.

At my age now, I have Acne Rosacea. Dry to sensitive skin and oily in the T-Zone. I have big pores too.

Even after using rubbing alcohol on my face, I developed cystic Acne. My doctor referred me to a skin specialist who suggested I take Accutane. At that time it was a fairly new acne treatment. It worked to diminish the pimples, but the scaring is still there. I was never told that rubbing alcohol damaged the skin, but I learned the hard way. I was a psychiatric in-patient on PTU- a patient treatment unit when I developed cystic acne, and I didn’t have anything else to use, not even vitamin E cream. At that time I never wore makeup, but I don’t think makeup wipes were invented either.

Living as an in-patient on the Psychiatric unit of Foothills Hospital in 1979 and again in 1982 is a story for another day.

If you are interested in knowing more about makeup and skincare subscribe to Elle Leary Artistry’s channel on youtube. She is a celebrity makeup artist and shares her knowledge and skills of the Beauty industry. Elle’s video is exactly what I needed to hear about the damaging effects of alcohol on the skin, and of course, I don’t use any product made with the lousy ingredient anymore, but I also didn’t know there was such a thing as right and beneficial alcohol ingredients.

Here is a list of “bad” alcohol. When using products with these ingredients, it can aggravate the skin, make your acne worse, lead to severe dryness, erode the surface of the skin and strain or inhibit it from renewing and regenerating itself. It weakens the surface of the skin. It will make anything you have like eczema, worse. I have found all this to be accurate from experience. It is exactly what happened to my skin, which is why I developed rosacea and extremely sensitive skin.

This is the list of names you should look for in skincare products within the first 6 ingredients and AVOID THEM. DO NOT USE. SEE VIDEO

»SD, Denatured, Ethanol, Ethyl, Methanol, Benzyl«

Here is an example:
71FYucGeGqL._SL1500_L’oreal Paris Hydra-Total 5 Toner
Ingredient list:
aqua, alcohol denat., Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, CI 19140/yellow 5, CI 42090/Blue 1, Parfum/Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene…


Here is a list of the “good or beneficial” alcohols:

»Cetyl, Stearyl, Cetearyl Alcohol«

Here is an example of a “good” and suitable Toner. One that I am currently using:
3337871330569Vichy Perfecting Toner
Ingredient list:
aqua, peg-8, glycerin, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, disodium EDTA, copper sulfate, myrtrimonium bromide, parfum,

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Instead of flowers this Mothers Day, 
give your mom the glowing skin she deserves with a sheet mask.

Ever since I started wearing sheet masks I feel like I’m getting a spa treatment. It is an easy way to pamper yourself without the muddy mess, and it is affordable. My skin always feels refreshed and rejuvenated and since I could be your mother I think it is a good way to treat the skin with the added moisture it needs.

Today I got my first box of sheet masks from Facetory™. The only subscription service that delivers sensations and hidden gems straight to you starting at only $5.95/month

For anyone who hasn’t heard about it, it is a Korean brand sheet mask subscription where you have the option to choose a less expensive box, Four-ever Fresh kit that is curated with 4 masks, or, the more expensive with the Seven Lux box. That is a whole month worth of sheet masks! If you wish to receive this subscription box you can click on the image or use my referral link to become a sheet mask queen! OR if you want to buy something from their website please feel free to use my coupon code JACKIEBR20 for an extra 20% off.


I have new books on my shelf to showcase this week.

The new books I got were written by these amazing authors
—Jennifer Armentrout, Colleen Houck and Anne Bishop.

–Because I enjoyed reading The Return(Titan, #1), I wanted the entire set and nowhere but Amazon had them. The Titan Novels are a New Adult paranormal spin-off series to the best selling Covenant series.

–The final release in Colleen Houck’s Tigers Saga was released! I needed Tiger’s Dream in my life. I waited years for this book and to see the thickness and the beautiful cover were well worth the wait, making my collection complete. I LOVE IT!

–I also picked up the second novel in Anne Bishops Others series called Murder of Crows. I have to be honest; I thought the first book Written in Red wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I mean it wasn’t my favourite paranormal story that I’ve ever read, but I am willing to give it a second chance. Its quite complicated and my concentration isn’t that good, but we’re looking positively forward to reading them.

Happy Mother’s Day!

It has been 10 days since the dentist pulled one of my back upper teeth because it was basically dead and causing trouble so I just wanted it gone, to heck with a root canal, although I am afraid the dentist might want to do a root canal on another one. I suggested taking all my teeth out and getting a partial plate or even a set of dentures. Ha! both the orthodontist and dentist did not agree with me.
About 12 years ago something terrible happened. I was kicked in the jaw. I blame that traumatic blow for why a couple of my teeth were broken and why I need to have them pulled now. Ugh!
The stitches have dissolved and the hole is pretty well healed but I’m still having to flush it out with sea salt and warm water. In the interim, I’ve been enjoying amazing delicious smoothies with nut butter, almond milk and frozen berries. yum

Shows I’ve loved on Netflix

The Shadowhunters, OMG Lilith!
The 100, OMG Skaikru!
The New Legends of Monkey kicks hilarious ass!
Oh ya, and The Chef’s Table came recommended.

The New Legends of Monkey is a new take on the story of the monkey king. Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka, the monk, are on their journey to restore the world. It’s so funny. Its hilarity is obnoxious. I am only watching it because of Chai Hansen, the actor who plays the monkey. He is gaining popularity these days. I can’t wait for the next season already.

I saw Chai Hansen first in The 100 as Ilian, a member of Trishanakru, then on Shadowhunters as Jordan Kyle the praetor lupus cult leader werewolf who stalks Simon. Wow! He is so incredible in these shows, and I am happy for him.

I also bought Fear the walking dead on youtube. One cast member of The Walking Dead, Morgan, crosses over to this show. Fear the walking dead is alright so far but some members of the cast have to tell their story, and they give a pretty watered down version which doesn’t make sense. Also, Negan from TWD is still alive!! Grrr. I hate that guy for being the most prominent prick.

If I could watch the final season of The Originals, life would be complete. But Alas! I have to wait until it broadcasts on Youtube. It’s so frustrating to see the Tweets about in on Twitter when I can’t even watch it ;(. Anyway —

I went to Sephora last week and I bought Chloe Morello’s Pretty, Fun & Fearless volume II eyeshadow palette. IT’S SO PRETTY! For those who have never heard of Chloe Morello, she has a youtube channel and is also one of the creators of Face Halo, the makeup remover made of HaloTech fibres in a small round cushion. Ya, that one. I use them all the time, and I think they are excellent if you care for the environment.

My Sigma warm neutral palette came in the mail BUT one of the shades ( passion fruit) was a bit damaged. I also got a Smashbox petal metal highlighter in the shade gilded rose and a deep cool grey lipgloss in the shade chill zone. I do not typically wear foundation, but I try so I bought some Maybelline FitMe matte and poreless foundation in the shade natural ivory, to conceal and cover my skin imperfections and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Inspired by the Icy Betch palette from Tarte that was supposedly an April Fools joke, there were a couple companies that did their best to recreate the look. Devinah Cosmetics and Finding Ferdinand.

The Harmony palette from Devinah Cosmetics is Sold Out but they are planning to restock. I splurged on some green eyeshadows from Makeup Geek as well. Finding Ferdinand calls it the Icy Beesh Palette. I think they are both cute and I can’t wait to see how they perform on my eyes. Also from Devinah Cosmetics, I bought a bundle called Midnight Affair. I love the colours!

I received my pink metallic envelope from Ipsy yesterday in my mailbox! The theme for April is a social butterfly, and I love it. I am happy with the makeup items I got, which you can get in the Ipsy bag (referral link).

Moda Metallics Shader brush.I don’t own a Moda brush, but this one feels cheap like plastic. We shall have to see how it works after I clean it a few times.

Lip Gloss in Nude Beach. This was a regular sized tube of lipgloss, and it is so lovely. It has a light pink hue with a touch of glitter. I love the smell and how it shines and moistens the lips!

Sugar Bunny Lip Scrub. The only other lip scrubs I’ve tried are from Jeffree Star and Elf, but I am excited to have this in my bag and to try something new.

Eyeshadow in the shade Spiced Pumpkin. I love getting eyeshadow! The spiced pumpkin colour looks nice and feels soft.

Blush in Rosé All Day or I’m Blushing. Mine is in the Rosé all day. They got the name right after I told them I didn’t like peach blush.

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Good vibes are coming your way with the new LiveGlam MorpheMe brushes! These 4 show-stopping brushes are essential for music festival season, so don’t forget to pack them for the weekend.

Start off your Spring Fling glam by snatching those brows with this stiff Angled Brow brush. You can also use this to create a sharp winged liner. Then create an electric eye look with the Crease Precision Blender. Its tapered point can be used for definition or a soft, diffused look!

Festival grounds may be muddy, but your contour won’t be with this Small Flat Angled Contour brush! Use it to contour your nose, create a sharp cheekbone, and clean up eyeshadow.

Stay shine-free during those long festival days with this Pro Tapered Powder brush! This rounded brush can do it all. Use it to evenly apply blush, bronzer, and powder and you’ll be all set for the weekend!


So… don’t forget to pack your glitter, bling, and brushes to stand out in the crowds!

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Every face has a story. What’s yours?

I was watching Zoella’s February favourites video the other day, and she was talking about sheet masks. I prefer sheet masks to any different mask. She mentioned one individual one, and honestly, Zoella can sell just about anything. She made it sound so good that I had to try it. Banana milkshake? Uh Ya. I’ll take 4 of whatever she’s having lol I like her videos too. Anyway, I came across these Banana Milk Masks on their website and am glad I did because Facetory™ is a Korean monthly sheet mask subscription which I am all about. I love getting things in my mailbox if I can because I always need new sheet masks and the prices are reasonable, AND they ship internationally!

Description: This Banana Milk Mask Pack from Dr. Plus will take you on a trip down memory lane, with its delicious scent and milky essence that smells exactly like banana milk! This sheet mask uses a thin and transparent cotton sheet that will comfortably stick onto your face to lock in the moisture that is being provided by the super milky essence. This sheet mask allows your skin to balance its water content and also retain its moisture through its one-time use. Your skin should definitely feel moist and well hydrated after using this fantastic mask!

TIP: This mask contains tons of essence and is very moisturizing, so we recommend to use it as a night mask!

This month, Ipsy challenges you to live a more creative life. They have rolled out their first DIY Glam Bag – and it comes with two markers! I coloured mine with the green pen and my own colours because the orange one didn’t work :/ It was dried out *boo.

Priscilla Witte is this months creator of the DIY Glam Bag design. She says:

“I wanted this Glam Bag design to reflect unique beauty. To me, that meant hip hair, lots of different styles, shapes, and interesting people. I love that my art is going to be used as a keepsake since it’s usually on a wall.”

Hikari Cosmetic Cream Pigment– in the shade Shine

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Mint

Mellow Cosmetics creamy matte lipstick in the shade nude

VENEFFECT SKIN CARE Pore Minimizing Cleanser

TARTE COSMETICS-Sex Kitten Eyeliner

If you like makeup and want to subscribe to Ipsy I invite you to click my referral link. If you use my link to sign up I will get 250 points towards free products, that’s all. Ok? Thanks 😉

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog

I want to thank Kim for being such a good host and I will also be linking up with It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? @BookDate
I’ve read 5 books towards the #TakeControlTBR so far, and I love it.

Tweet: Reading Challenges help me stay motivated and encourage me to read more and faster.

These are the books I’ve read so far… .links to my reviews on Goodreads.

Heart of the Wolf
Iron Gold
The Return
Cryer’s Cross
High Voltage

I am on day 7 of the Master Cleanse and everything is good and I feel much better. It’s a spring cleaning of sorts and Lentel Fast to boot. I don’t know if it is because I am getting older but it took me more than 3 days to get over my headaches and 4 days just to begin feeling better in my lower abdomen and intestines. Everything seems to take longer with the process is what I mean. I have lower bowel issues where I get bloated, constipated and sometimes have a lot of gas (I know TMI) so whenever I do the master cleanse, it helps a ton if I do the morning internal salt water bath which flushes me out entirely. If you want to know more about the Master Cleanse follow the link.

I’ve also been keeping up with my daily walk for more than 30 minutes. It’s nice to walk and listen to an audiobook. I am currently listening to Blood Fury (#4) by J.R. Ward of the Black Dagger Legacy series. I just finished High Voltage (#10) of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and what a blast it was!

So as you can see I have been sticking to my goals and reading challenges and I feel pretty good about myself. My next book to read will either be The Bear and the Nightingale, The Miracle of Santo Fico or some other neglected book. In short, I don’t know yet :p

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