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Skin Care Junkie | Hydrogel Eye Mask

As we all know… I love masks. Need examples? Please see: Skin Rejuvenation | My Favorite Winter Masks, Skin Care for Beginners, and Winter Skin Care Routine.

So when Musely offered me the opportunity to try out some products and share my thoughts, I jumped on the chance! Stay tuned for all of my reviews in the new, and oh-so-exciting, Skin Care Junkie series.

First up – Hydrogel Eye Mask – Bye Bye Eye Bags PRO Formula. I’ve tried a number of eye masks since I got interested in skin care. From drug store varieties to versions so expensive I had to close my eyes while I paid at the Sephora counter. The Bye Bye Eye Bags were highly rated so I decided they would be a good choice for my first trial.

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Application – Easy peasy! Just open the sealed individual packet, remove the plastic backing, and apply gel side down. I tried them for an hour before trying them overnight, which is the recommended duration. To be honest – I was a little nervous to wear them overnight without a shorter trial to start. But there were no issues!

Immediate Results – There’s not much of a scent with these masks, which is something that I very much appreciate in a beauty product, and they made my under-eye skin very soft.

Thoughts – I really enjoyed trying out this product. I love creating relaxing habits for myself – From meditation and journaling to luxurious beauty treatments. {What to see more of my routines? Check out Clarins Body Fit | Upgrade Your Self Care Routine and A Morning Routine & Greeting the Day} And I’ll definitely be adding this product to my weekly routines.

Have YOU ever tried an eye mask? Do you have a favorite one that I should try?

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Wanderlust: Hawaii Adventures

I haven’t had the chance to do much in the way of traveling in recent months, much to my dismay, so it’s time to sate my wanderlust by looking towards my next big adventure – Hawaii.

I’ve been to Hawaii a few times – Each time with a different group of people and each time with a different adventure in mind. Snorkeling, hiking, sight-seeing, SCUBA diving… Always different, and always an absolutely wonderful time.

So what does my next Hawaii adventure hold?

Who knows!

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{Waterfalls and ziplines – That’s quite a day to have on the big island}

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{Sunset is nothing short of magical in the islands, with an endless number of activities that you can do. Surfing, enjoying a view, cliff jumping, snorkeling… I’m ready for any of the above!}

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{I’m always game for an adrenaline rush – But always keep it safe. I probably wouldn’t do a standing back off a cliff. You know, unless I checked the water depth first…}

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{One of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy myself on a trip is by sitting outside and enjoying the local cuisine. Fresh produce and delicacies on the beach. Yum!}

{Images from Wanderlust Pinterest Board}

What YOUR next trip?

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Skin Rejuvenation | My Favorite Winter Masks

I love using face masks year-around. But I’ve gotten into the habit of swapping them up depending on the season and my skin’s needs at a given time.

Detoxifying masks after high stress periods or when I’m traveling, ultra moisturizing options during the Winter months, and balancing varieties during the gooey sunscreen season.

Here are a few of my favorite Winter masks {which can, obviously, be used anytime} that help keep my skin glowing and healthy through cold, wind, rain, and snow!


Karuna Flawless Skin Kit – If you follow me on Snapchat {if not – moicontrelavie} you saw me trying out all the different options in this pack. It’s a fun combo. Different options for the face and eyes, plus hand and foot masks. An interesting combination that you’ll enjoy playing with if you’re a big mask fan.

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask – This one comes in top and bottom masks which I’d never tried before. It’s great for lounging and relaxing, but they do tend to slide around if you’re overly active while they’re on your face. Note: Don’t try to cook with these on!

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{Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask, Karuna Flawless Skin Kit, and Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting}


Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting – This looks a little… Clumpy. It’s almost like marmalade or some other kind of jam… But it smells and feels wonderful, and leaves your skin looking great. Just ignore the consistency if you’re squeamish! 🙂

Fresh Rose Face Mask – Ultra hydrating! I really enjoy lightly rose scented products and am a huge fan of Fresh, so I was excited to try this one out. I really like the Freshs Rose Hydrating Gel Cream as well.


Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask – I tried these before their eye cream and love both products pretty equally. Eye masks are just such a great boost to your skin.

Sephora Instant Hydrogel Eye Mask Depuffing & Moisturizing – And bonus, these come in a single pack at Sephora so you can try them out without committing to a hugely expensive purchase!


This is a new product for me and I’ve tried three so far that I looooveeee.

I raved about the Algenist Hydration Pak in my Winter Skin Care Routine post here. Recently I’ve also had a chance to try out Origins Intensive Overnight Mask and Shiseido’s Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask.

Just divine!

Do YOU have a favorite mask right now? A Winter go-to that you love?

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March Favorites: Healthy Junk Food

After sharing some of my favorite fashion, food, and fitness-related products over the last few months I decided to focus on healthy junk food this month. {If you missed them, check out January and February}

So what is junk food to me? It’s something processed or pre-made that’s not necessarily great for you. This post is all about junk food with a twist though. That means goodies that aren’t quiiiite as bad for you as other choices out there. A little guilt-free indulgence is the key to any healthy living routine.

Lentil Chips – I am a chip girl. In fact, I take chips very seriously. Chips are my favorite food group and if left unsupervised, I can quite easily finish a family sized bag in a sitting. One bag = one serving in my brain. A good solution? Veggie and non-potato variations that offer you the salty, fatty, amazing crunch you’re craving, but without using up two meals worth of calories in a few minutes of munching. Enter the Lentil Chip – Tasty, satisfying & not nearly as bad for you as their fried potato counterparts.

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Arctic Zero – If you’re a sugar junky, this probably won’t taste very good to you. It’s not an intense flavor, but for someone like me who doesn’t eat much in the way of processed sweets, it’s the perfect amount of sweetness to kick any post-dinner cravings that may arise. My favorite flavor so far is salted caramel – By a long shot!

FluffButter – I raved about this fabulous product in my January Favorites post, but I’m going to rave again. In terms of background, I LOVE peanut butter, but can’t be trusted to have jars of it at home. Enter Fluffbutter – A thick, creamy, protein-packed alternative. If you’re counting macros or trying to add a little protein to your life, this is a great option. I love to add it to protein pancakes on weekends!

What’s YOUR favorite healthy junk food? What do I need to try?

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Clarins Body Fit | Upgrade Your Self Care Routine

Creating luxurious little rituals in your daily life is a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy the moment. From savoring a cup of tea without the distraction of your phone to going for a hike to enjoy a beautiful view – You’re giving yourself a little love and boosting your mood.

When I heard about Clarins’s new Body Fit campaign, I was quite interested. While I love feeding my skin through healthy nutrition and fitness, I’m also a devoted fan of trying new skin care products. And this new product, from French luxury beauty house Clarins, is intended to add a step to your fitness routine and produce firmer, smoother, lifted skin.

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Color me intrigued!

And when I saw the skin care application video I knew I had to try it. They may call it an anti-cellulite self massage, but I call it self-love!

Spending a few minutes applying a luxurious cream, relaxing, breathing deeply, and focusing on yourself is just what a girl in this crazy, hectic world needs. It’s also the perfect addition to the nighttime routine I’ve been working on this year. My goal is to spend some time on myself every night – A bath, meditation, and journaling.

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Clarins Body Fit is the ideal addition to my routine – So I decided to take the challenge!

Have YOU tried Body Fit? Would you?

Note: While this post is sponsored by Clarins my opinions, of which I have many, are all my own.

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