Great (but obvious) skincare dupe!

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I love blackhead scrubs (I’m a weirdo, I know)! I have used the Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub plenty of times before, but while at Walmart one day, I decided to try out the Equate version of my favorite face wash. Although Clean and Clear is not exactly an “expensive” brand, I like to save money any where I can! After using the Equate Blackhead clearing scrub for quite awhile now, I discovered that I actually like it better then the Clean and Clear version!

For me, the Clean and Clear is bit harsh for my taste, and leaves a very chemical and stripping feeling on my skin after I wash my face for the night. The Equate version is a lot less harsh and does a really great job of exfoliating my face and pores. I have very large pores on my nose and the skin directly around my nose, and after using the scrub for four days straight now, I have notice a dramatic difference in the amount of blackheads that are visible on my face. My skin looks tighter, less oily, and refreshed.

Needless to say, I rediscovered a hidden gem I have had in my bathroom drawer for quite some time, and at less than $3, how can you go wrong???

I am really happy with this product and as Tracy from eleventhgorgeous would say, you should go get you some!

Side note: Since I know I mention a lot of different YouTubers who I watch religiously, I wanted to link them for you, so that you can go check them out. These ladies are super smart, thrifty, and fabulous when it comes to make-up, skincare, and clothes! I love them! Check them out!

My favorite YouTube Make-up gurus:

EleventhGorgeous:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4GtJWgv_PLBiWFihNGbF0g

Emily Noel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtC8m_F7jX2fGOQ3_nomg4g

MakeUpGeek:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE1BqH-72EBs-siTbDAjOGQ

Lets talk favorite hair products!!

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I don’t know if you’re the kind of person who, when you get out of the shower and you brush through your hair, you find your hair tangled and knotted up, but you don’t have patience (or time for that matter) to be kind to your hair and not tear it to peices. I don’t know if that is you, but that is certainly me. As I have said in the past, my hair is very fine, and naturally flat, so when I wash, blow dry my hair, or simply drive in the car with the windows down, my hair knots up within seconds. So in one of my recent trips to Walgreen’s I was looking around the hair care aisle in hopes of finding a good quality detangler. Seeing as I haven’t used a detangler since I was about five years old, I wasn’t even sure that  detangler existed outside of L’Oreal children’s detangler.

Anyway, all of that to say; I came across the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Detangler during that trip. Just from reading the packaging I was excited and thought that this spray might actually work for me. It said “weightless nutri-oils” and “lightly conditions”. Both of those phrases were right up my alley since I cannot have anything heavy in my hair or else it will become an oil slick in no time.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been using this product pretty much on a daily basis. I use it when I get out of the shower to aid me in not tearing my hair to shreds, and I use it on my dry hair to give me a little shine boost as well as a frizz check. So, what I wanted to do in order to give you a real understanding of what you’re getting with this product, I’m going to give you my list of pros and cons .

Pros:

  • Great scent!
  • Makes it a lot easier to comb through your hair
  • Does not weigh down your hair
  • Can use it on wet or dry hair
  • Has definitely helped to make my hair look shinier
  • My hair looks and feels healthier

Cons:

  • Does make your hair a little flat (if you want to put the volume back in your hair, I recommend using a mousse)

The best part about this product is I only spent $5.79 and this is a high quality product! I will be repurchasing over and over again.

Definitely a great “Diva for Less” buy!

Review: e.l.f. Mist and Set

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This past weekend a family friend got married, and my mom and I helped set up and run the reception. I knew I would be working for 6+ hours and I didn’t want to be worried about my make-up melting off my face (as it so easily does, due to my oily skin). I spent far too much time getting ready the morning of, and I didn’t want all of my work to go to waste before the party even began. So, it occurred to me that during my recent trip to Target, I had purchased the e.l.f. Mist and Set make-up spray, and I had not gotten the chance to really try it yet.

As soon as I finished the final touches of my make-up routine, I doused myself in this spray. I held it a good distance from my face to ensure that it applied evenly on my skin. First off, I have to say, it felt very refreshing to mist on my face, so that is definitely a plus. As the party began (a couple of hours after I had set my make-up), I went to the mirror to confirm that I wasn’t wicked witch of the west status yet, and I was happy and surprised to find my make-up still looked like I had just applied it! Fast forward two more hours into the party, cleaning up from a fallen wedding cake (yikes!), refilling food platters, and my face still looked put together! This is huge for me! My skin never allows my make-up to stay the way I want it to. I melt within a matter of a few hours, and I end up having to bring touch up make-up with me. At the end of my six or more hour stint of helping with the party, cleaning up the aftermath, and running through the rain a couple of times, my face still looked great!

By hour seven or eight, I had finally reached the point of melting. Luckily, at that point I was home and ready to wash my make-up off anyway! You can’t expect that this $3 setting spray will work miracles and keep you looking perfect for 12+ hours. However, if you are looking for a product to help you get through the day, this is it!

You can be sure that I will be using this setting spray almost everyday from now on! Definitely a great Diva for Less buy!!

Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo

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I have to start out by telling you all that I have the thinnest, naturally flat, and particularly oily hair. I must take a shower every day otherwise my hair becomes matted down and oily. Let me tell you; it is not cute. It is a thorn in my side, and some days I do not feel like washing and blow drying my hair before I go to work, so I end up putting my hair up in a disgusting pony tail. Yet, it is still abundantly clear to everyone around me, that I desperately need a shower.

Today I was perusing around YouTube and saw that one of the YouTube pages I follow had uploaded some reviews on various dry shampoo products. I was instantly intrigued. I have heard a lot about dry shampoo, but always shrugged it off because I assumed it would be difficult to use, bad for my hair, and give minimal results. After doing some hefty research around the internet, I came across the Batiste Dry Shampoo. The general consensus (at least from the information I acquired) was that this is the best dry shampoo available at the drugstore. Always being about the best buy for the best price, I was on a mission to find this product.

I was in luck! About a minute down the road from my house is a Walgreens that happened to have it in stock! As soon as I could, I rushed down to the Walgreens. I found the travel sized spray can of Batiste Dry Shampoo in Floral and Flirty Blush for $3.99.

I couldn’t wait to get home and try it out! I walked in the front door, and made a b-line for the bathroom to test it out. My hair was nice and oily and completely matted down today, so it was a perfect specimen to apply this product to.

 I have to say, this dry shampoo worked well for me. From what I hear, the number one concern with using dry shampoo is that it can leave a white and sometimes grey sheen over your hair. In my opinion, this dry shampoo doesn’t really do that. With this product, the key is to make sure you hold it 30cm. away from the area you are targeting, as the packaging directs you to. If you hold it too close the product will not distribute evenly and you will end up with a grey-ish sheen over that area. I was shocked to find that it actually brought volume back to my hair, and removed the appearance of excess oil. I am very impressed, and totally recommend you go check it out.

The one thing I will note about the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush, is that I do not care for the scent at all. It is not the worst thing in the world, and it is certainly tolerable. However,  I will definitely be searching for a different scent when I repurchase this shampoo!

Absolutely thrilled with my Diva 4 Less find!

Disenchantment in these green eyes

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About a month ago I got on an Almay-obsessed kick. I discovered the eyeshadow palettes designed for green eyes, and  wanted to buy the entire line. I can get a little overboard sometimes…

Either way, I was excited when I saw this eyeshadow stick for green eyes. I am constantly on the go, and would love to have an eyeshadow to stick in my purse, not worry about it breaking, and be able to apply it easily.

Unfortunately, it did not quite pan out the way I was so hoping it would. First off, it is not really that easy to apply, at least not for me. The applicator ends are too large for my eyelids and end up depositing too much product onto my lid. That is not the end of the world however, because you can always use your finger tips to apply the shadow. The biggest offense that this shadow stick perpetrates, in my opinion,  is the highlighting blue color.

I think the best way to describe it is something akin to the type of  make-up you would have gone wild for in middle school. It is frosty and almost comes off white. It is far too shiny and not at all blend-able. When you try to blend it out to keep it from looking quite so stark, it starts to streak and get spotty. There is almost nothing redeemable about it. I am not impressed!

The one up side to this product is the lovely purple color. It is highly pigmented and looks great on your eyelid. Be that as it may, what good is a shadow stick if only one color works?

In my opinion, it was a wasted 8 bucks.

From now on, no willy-nilly purchases without better research!

Review: e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator!!

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One thing you will come to learn about me is I watch Emily Noel on You Tube religiously. That being said, within the past month or so, she put up an e.l.f. Haul video on her channel, and ever since then, I have been dying to try some of the products she featured.

Obviously, one of those products was the lip exfoliator from e.l.f.! I have been wanting some kind or mask or exfoliator for my lips for quite some time, I am just not interested in shelling out the big bucks for the high end brands. Not worth it to me! I’d rather make it myself! I just don’t have the interest to do that either… hmmm..

Anyway, I finally decided to take a trip to my local Target today and peruse the e.l.f. products that it had available. I was thrilled to find the lip exfoliator hanging from the rack! I ended up purchasing it, along with the e.l.f Makeup Mist and Set, and the e.l.f. Eye Primer and Liner Sealer (reviews for both of those products coming soon!).

I got home, and immediately went to the e.l.f. You Tube channel to watch the tutorial for this product. I wanted to make sure I fully understood what it was claiming to do, and make sure there wasn’t any instructions that the packaging left out.

The video suggested you moisten your lips with warm water before exfoliating. This helps to soften up the product for maximum exfoliation, and does end up leaving some of the gritty exfoliant on your lips. It then recommend that you wipe the product off of your lips with warm water, and then finish up with a hydrating lip balm.

I followed all of these steps and ended up being more than satisfied with my purchase! My lips feel super soft with no sign of dead or dry skin anywhere, and even returned a nice rosy color to my lips! I am pretty critical when it comes to lip exfoliators. I have used high end products in the past that worked really well, I just do not want to pay the price. The e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator is right up there with some of the higher end products in my opinion! It exfoliates perfectly, leaves a little bit of a nourishing balm on your lips, and the scent (and taste) is very pleasant!

I almost forgot the best part… This product was only $3!! Whats not to love!

Great “Diva 4 Less” buy!

Tag: Influences of the Internet!

1. Did other blogs convince you start up your own?
I was not so much inspired to start my blog because of reading another person’s blog, but more because the countless YouTube review/tutorial videos I have watched on make-up and other beauty products. I acquired so much information, that I decided to put it to good use. I found so much help in those numerous blogs, that I wanted to attempt the condense them, and my own experience into one blog. Plus, I love to write!

2. Have you joined a site because someone else in the blogosphere did?

Not yet, but I most certainly wouldn’t put it past me. It will probably happen!

3. Is there a tip/regime you’ve gotten from the internet that you now use?

How much time do you have? Basically everything I know about make-up and how to apply it, I learned from You Tube. Emily Noel taught me close to everything I know. I learned to use dark eyeshadow over eyeliner to smudge it out and give your eye a smokey effect. I learned to apply eyeshadow with my fingers from Drew Barrymore on her Flower Beauty website. I’m sure there are many more, but those are just off the top of my head :)

4. If your favorite YouTube/Blogger personality likes a product, will that make you buy it?

YES. I’m not entirely proud of it, but if Emily Noel from Beauty Broadcast loves a product, I have to buy it. I will say, so far, I have not been disappointed!

5. What do you look for in a blog that makes you want to follow?

I like bright personalities the most. After that, I appreciate good,thought out writing, as well as pictures to help give you a visual of what the blogger is talking about. I like the blog to be similar to mine, but not always. Yea, that is about it.

6. Have you ever been deceived by a product that you bought online? (e.g. you thought it would be pink but it was coral.)

I try not to buy anything online. #1. I do not like to pay S&H on just about anything. #2. If I can’t see it and touch it, it does not incline me to buy it.

7. Have promo pictures or press releases given you the impression that a product will be better than it is?

Pretty much always. I will never allow myself to be deceived however, because if I see a product I want to buy, I do extensive research on You Tube and Google, to see what the internet has to say about it :)

8. Is there a product you could give a ‘cult’ status for being so good that you discovered through the internet?

I would definitely have to say its a tie between my Wet n Wild Comfort Zone eye palette, and my Physicians Formula Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in Rose. I am obsessed with both of these products, and without the internet, I would never have know about them. Thank you www.totalbeauty.com and Emily Noel!

9. Is there a product you have tried and hated, but others have loved?

I am not really sure. I do not really like the Almay shadow stick for green eyes. I’m not really sure if other loved it though, but I guess its likely that plenty of other people like it.

10. Is there a Blogger/YouTuber that influences your fashion style? If so, who?

Not at all. My style, as unfortunate as it might be, has always been 100% Breana. I like classic, effortless and simple. My younger sister says I’m 40 at heart, but what does she know! ;)

11. Is there a Blogger/YouTuber that influences your attitude each day/lifestyle?

I would say that on the days I watch Emily Noel, my day seems a little brighter. Her attitude is always joyful and bright, and somehow helps me look on the brighter side of things. Seems silly, but oh well!

12. How much time do you spend on the internet daily?

Well, lately, it seems like way too much. I’m going through a lull in my work schedule, so my blog and You Tube seem to be keeping me very busy lately.

Hope you enjoyed and maybe, learned a little something about me! Tag you’re it! If you read this, it’s your turn!

-Bre

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Summer Vaca Must Have Beauty Products!

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This 4th of July my family and I went away to Naples, Fl. for a little mini vacation. In preparation for this trip, I decided I should bring a condensed version of my normally large, cosmetic bag.

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My collection of beauty products is not unusually large. I pack all of my make-up brushes, eyebrow shapers, and sponges into the smaller bag, and the rest of my make-up is mixed together in the larger bag.

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So to give you a visual, I packed all the make-up that I took to Naples in the bag shown in the picture above, and let me tell you, it was not easy!

My plan was to pack just enough make-up that I could fit it into my purse and take it with me wherever I went.

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Mission accomplished!

Alright, lets get down to it. What did I end up bringing with me?

#1. Covergirl BB Cream with broad spectrum SPF 15 – very important, seeing as I would be out on the beach or walking around outside often, and the South Florida sun is unforgiving!

#2. bareMinerals Mineral Veil – as my setting powder for my BB cream. Also important because no one wants to look oily on vacation (or really anytime!).

#3. Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine SPF 20 – between my mineral veil and BB cream, my face can start to look on the pail side, so my bronzer is a must!

#4. Physicians Formula Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in Rose – I am obsessed with this product. If you read my “Hump Day” post, you will already know my strong feelings toward this product. I did a lot of research on the best drugstore blushes and this one comes in second to a considerably more expensive blush. In my opinion, however, it should come in first! It is a beautiful, subtle blush. Cannot leave the house without it!

#5. ‘Crème de Rose’ Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10 – This lip balm was given to me as a gift, and I love it. I have been using the same container for almost  two years now, and I still have plenty of product left. The scent is very pleasant, and it really hydrates and smooths your lips, while also adding a subtle hint of color! Great for a natural, beachy look.

#6. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon – I have green eyes, so this is the perfect eyeliner for me. Glides on easily, has a slight bit of sparkle to it, and really makes my eyes pop. In my experience it lives up to its long-wear claims. I apply it first thing in the morning and it still looks great before I take it off that night.

#7 The Color Workshop Water-Proof Mascara – This is an inexpensive, dollar store mascara, that normally I would pass up and never consider buying. The only reason I have this product in my possession is because my sweet little cousin Crystal gave this to me for Christmas last year. I kept it in my make-up bag for a long time and never thought I would get any use out of it. When I finally did get around to using it, I fell in love! It is definitely water-proof, it is never clumpy, and always gives my eyelashes a soft, natural look. Definitely a must have product for me!

The Brushes: I managed to stuff my bareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush, and Flawless face Brush into my tiny bag. These are two of my favorite powder brushes of all time. The Full Flawless is great for applying a thin layer of powder all over your face and then buffing it out. I love the Flawless Face Brush for applying my bronzer and blush – helpful multitasking brush!

That’s it! That is all I brought with me. Very basic, very natural, products that will help keep you looking fresh all day, while also protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun!

Looking back there was one thing I really wish I had with me…

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The Wet n Wild coloricon Bronzer SPF 15 in Reserve Your Cabana would have been useful to me. It is a complimentary finishing touch to my make-up routine. I use it as a highlight on my cheek bones and down the brim of my nose.

The only reason I did not end up bringing this with me, is because it was too large to fit in my small bag. Definitely a poor choice on my part!

Hump Day Pick Me Up!

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It’s Hump Day! I don’t know about you, but when Hump day comes along, I really feel it. So, in order to prevent the feeling of drudging through the day I like to have fun with my make-up! It seems to give me a little extra boost of energy and motivation.

I took pictures and really payed attention to what I did with my make-up today so you all could see! I really enjoy seeing what other people do with their make-up and what products they use, so I hope you’ll enjoy my attempt!

These are some of the products I used as my base when getting started on my make-up routine this morning:

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Step 1: I adore Covergirl’s BB Cream! I just recently bought this product and I can’t say enough good things about it. I apply a thin layer and then let it dry on my face (if I don’t let it soak in and set on my face, it will make me look oily all day) before doing anything else.

Side note: I use my fingers to apply the BB cream to my face.

  • Covergirl BB Cream 1.35 fl oz. – $6.94

Step 2: I set the BB cream with my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. Since the BB cream already has a enough coverage for me, I don’t really need another foundation on foundation powder. I use the mineral veil to help set my BB cream and give my face a nice buffed out matte look.

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For those of you wondering, I use the Full Flawless Face Brush from Bare Minerals.This brush does a really great job of buffing and applying a thin layer of powder (that way you keep from looking cakey)

  • Original Miner Veil 0.3 oz. – $20.00
  • Full Flawless Face Brush – $28.00

Step 3: For my concealer I use Summer Bisque by Bare Minerals. I really like this because it is kind of a brightening concealer. I do not believe it has great coverage, so you might like this for setting a heaving concealer. Either way, I recommend this product because the brightening qualities are flattering.

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And for this I use my Bare Minerals concealer brush. This brush is a sort of interchangeable for me. It is just your run of the mill concealer brush in my opinion. It is a little higher quality of course, but I wouldn’t say its totally necessary to spend the money on this one.

  • Summer Bisque Concealer 0.8 oz. – $18.00
  • Bare Minerals Concealer Brush – $20.00

Step 4: Bronzer, blush, and highlight. First I apply Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine in 003 Amber Matte to the hollows of my cheeks. I am no expert when it comes to bronzer, but I definitely enjoy this product. It works so well for me I believe this will be on my repurchase list (even for the price). I think having a quality bronzer is a helpful product to have in your cosmetic arsenal.

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Next I apply my blush. I love my Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in the color Rose! The scent is very pleasant, so much so, that my boyfriend who cannot stand any kind of artificial scent in anything, told me my make-up smells good now that I use this blush! Aside from the scent, this product is a beautiful, high-quality, and subtle blush. I haven’t found a skin tone it doesn’t look good on.

Lastly, I apply my highlight. I use Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer (with SPF 15-Bonus!). Even though this product is marketed as a bronzer, the buzz online told me otherwise. Using this bronzer in the shade “Reserve Your Cabana” as highlight works really well (and for really cheap!). I use this across my cheek bones and down my nose. I love it – can’t get enough of it.

  • Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine 0.31 oz. – $49.00
  • Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush – $11.99
  • Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer – $3.99

Step 5: Eyeshadow, eye liner, and mascara! I am obsessed with my new “Comfort Zone” palette from Wet n Wild! Today, I followed the instructions on the back of the package 1+2+3. Very simple, but the colors are beautiful, so you really don’t need to do a lot! The only thing I wish I could figure out is the “definer” colors. I always end up looking like a clown. The colors are really harsh and unforgiving and I cannot manage to apply them to the corner of my eyelid correctly. Oh well! Time to watch more YouTube tutorials!

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After I finish doing my eye shadow I use my L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner. The color I have is “blackest black”, but I hear great things about both of the other colors this product is available in. This gel liner is truly a great product, and definitely on my repurchase list. You need very little of the actual product to get a nice thick line on your eyelid. The gel liner goes on smoothly, so it is very user friendly. Good quality gel liner.

Lastly, I apply my mascara and eyelash curler. Today I used my Dior Show Mascara. I love this mascara, but honestly, there are so many quality mascara’s in the drug store that it is not necessary to purchase this particular one. I consider this my indulgence product!

Dior Show Mascara is not really clumpy, it really lengthens your eyelashes, and almost gives them the look of false lashes!

TIP: If your mascara is starting to dry out and clump, put a couple of drops of saline solution (contact lens solution) into your mascara tube. Works wonders!

Last but not least I curl my eyelashes. I just use a cheap drugstore curler because I cannot honestly tell the difference between a $2 curler and $10 curler.

  • L’Oreal Gel Liner 0.81 oz. – $8.09
  • Diorshow Mascara – $25.00
  • Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette – $4.99

Here comes the embarrassing part: I figured I should give you some pictures of the final product, because that is what I always want at the end of these posts that I read from different bloggers, so Ta-da! This is me at the end of all of that (even though I have a weird look on my face, and the picture quality is not great).

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The End! Hope you enjoyed, and if you stayed with me, give yourself a pat on the back, because I know this post was long winded!

HAPPY HUMP DAY!

Review: Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask-Cucumber

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I L.O.V.E face masks! Clay masks, seaweed masks, egg white masks, avocado masks… I love them ALL! So of course, I cannot get enough of this product!

Retailing at about $4 with 6 oz. of product, Freeman’s cucumber peel-off mask is a great beauty buy!

When you apply the mask, make sure you face is clean, and all of your hair is out of your face, because this stuff is sticky! It is not exactly the easiest mask to apply to your face, but once it is on it feels and smells great on your skin! You can tell it really helps to tighten and purify your skin. Wait about 15 minutes and then peel it off, and your skin will feel soft and clean. I have used several of Freeman’s face mask products, and so far, no complaints!

My only note on this product is to be careful applying the product around your jawline, where your hair gets a little thicker, because when peeling the mask off, it will be a little painful.

When you don’t feel like spending a lot of money or going all the way to the mall to buy a face mask that gets the job done, I would definitely recommend you try this out!

(My mother dared me to actually put a picture of myself using the face mask tonight on my blog..I never back down from a challenge!)