Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask + Review

Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask + Review

I have tried many skin care products in my day. TONS! There have been a few hits and many, many misses.

The pumpkin exfoliating mask from Makeup Artist’s Choice is one of the more recent products I have used. This post is just a little bit about it and my opinion of it!

The mask

The Pumpkin Exfoliation mask is a popular product offered by Makeup Artist’s Choice. Even at the time of this post, it is out of stock!

It is not just a regular old mask though as it contains glycolic acid in it. This means that it can not be left on for more than a few minutes as other masks can.

Some of the other ingredients in the mask include pumpkin (obviously!), oils, various extracts, vitamin c, ginger, allspice and nutmeg. Due to the benefits that these ingredients may have, the mask is said to provide an all-around rejuvenating affect for your skin.

My opinion on it

First of all, I have to say that I love the selection of products that Makeup Artist’s Choice has. There are just so many they offer which means someone is bound to find at least one “holy-grail” product from them.

I used to love doing face masks on Sundays as a part of a “spa night” routine. The homemade masks I would make always involved pumpkin and cinnamon.

I eventually stopped doing these masks because I was essentially just wasting most of the can of pumpkin as well as my money. Bummer!

A while after stopping the weekly homemade masks, I became interested in trying an already prepared one. That led me to finding the Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask. It is like the mask I made except it has extra goodies in it.

The fact that it had glycolic acid in it, sold me on it. To get my skin to change, it needs powerful ingredients and this definitely is one of them.

I purchased the 1 oz size because I wanted to be able to do at least five masks. The $22 price tag did not seem too bad to me at the time.

I love the smell of the mask! It is just like pumpkin pie. That scent is really popular this time of year so I am sure that is one thing that may attract other people to the product.

The instructions on the site say that we are supposed to do patch tests before applying the mask to our whole faces. I did not do this because I figured I would be fine (which I was).

This mask is to be left on for five minutes and then rinsed off. The first time I applied the mask, there was a little bit of tingling but nothing too bad. It definitely is not as powerful on my skin as the 65% lactic acid peel the company sells is.

Right after the first application and the next day, my skin was soft and glowing. I loved it and continued to use it every week until I finished the container (I got seven uses out of it).

In terms of hyperpigmentation, it definitely did not help. I think that is because I have such a severe case of it. Quite frankly, I do not think that anything short of setting my face on fire will remove the dark marks!

After using all of the mask up, my face went back to being dull with a not-so attractive texture. This means that for me, the mask did not change my skin for the better. I think I would have to use it weekly for a very long time to keep having that look.

Overall, I really liked this mask. I do not think I will get it again though. In the near future I want to really attack my hyperpigmentation and textural issues which means that I need something more powerful than the pumpkin mask.

Would I recommend it?

Yes! I would totally recommend it for others to try. It has a lot of great ingredients in it that are sure to be of benefit to other people. Despite it containing glycolic acid, it is still pretty light and would probably be okay for skin that is a little bit on the sensitive side.

In short, this is a great product to add to a skin care routine.

You can find the mask here: https://www.makeupartistschoice.com/products/pumpkin-exfoliating-mask-w-5-glycolic-acid?variant=17538374664282#parentHorizontalTab2

Thanks for reading!

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What Is Up With That Cinnamon Chillin’ In Your Cabinet?!

What Is Up With That Cinnamon Chillin’ In Your Cabinet?!

I love spices and spice mixes. In our house, they are a must!

When I was searching through the spice cabinet the other day, I came across a container of cinnamon. I used to use cinnamon a lot back when I was eating oatmeal regularly. It has also been an ingredient in a couple skin care products I have bought and homemade face mask recipes I have made.

Since I love a good ole’ Google crawl, I decided to dig more into cinnamon and its uses for this post.

About cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. There are four different types of cinnamon. Following is a list of their names and information about them:

  1. Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum)- This type of cinnamon is called, “true.” It is native to Sri Lanka and is more expensive than the other types. In ancient times it was considered to be very profitable and valuable. It is very fragrant with a mild spicy-sweet flavor.
  2. Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Cassia)- This type is native to China and is mainly used as medicine. It has a mildly bitter flavor.
  3. Saigon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Loureiroi)- This type is native to Southeast Asia. It has a very intense bitter and peppery flavor.
  4. Indonesian Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Burmannii)- This type is native to Indonesia and it is the most commonly sold one in stores. It has a mildly sweet  flavor to it.

Each type of cinnamon contains a substance called, coumarin. This is used as a flavoring agent and it also has anticoagulant(blood thinning) properties. Because of the coumarin content, it can be very dangerous if too much cinnamon is ingested.

The types of cinnamon contain different amounts of coumarin. Here are rough estimates of the percentage of the substance found in each type:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon- .004% coumarin
  • Chinese Cinnamon- .03% coumarin
  • Saigon Cinnamon- .7-1% coumarin
  • Indonesian Cinnamon- .2% coumarin

As you can see by the estimates, Saigon cinnamon contains a good amount more coumarin than the other types. This means you have to be careful how much you use of it if you decide to buy it.

It is recommended to not go above an intake of 1.5 teaspoons a day. Even just one teaspoon may cause some harm to your body.

Cinnamon also contains some trace nutrients. These include carbs, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium.

You can find cinnamon in the form of ground powder, sticks, capsules, essential oil and liquid extract.

The alleged benefits of cinnamon

There are some things that cinnamon is touted as being of use for when ingested on a daily basis. The following is a list of them:

  1. Inflammation- Could help with swelling and joint pain.
  2. Neurological issues- Could enhance cognition.
  3. Antioxidant
  4. Antidiabetic- Could help lower blood sugar.
  5. Anticancer
  6. Heart health
  7. Lower bad cholesterol levels.
  8. Boosting the immune system
  9. May help symptoms of colds and flu viruses
  10. PCOS management- Could help to decrease insulin resistance and regulate periods. The latter may be due to the possibility of it being able to stabilize estrogen.
  11. May ease IBS and GI issues. These include nausea, indigestion, gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Cinnamon is also said to be of benefit topically. The following is a list of what it may be able to do when used this way:

  1. Treat acne- It may have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
  2. Add a glow to skin- It may be able to stimulate blood vessels which can lead to a healthy looking complexion.
  3. Hair growth- It may stimulate circulation of the scalp which in turn may cause growth of the hair.
  4. Treat scalp conditions- It may help for issues of the scalp due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  5. Lip plumping- It is said to help plump up lips due to the blood vessel stimulating properties it may have.

It is important to note that applying something with cinnamon in it topically, may cause irritation.

Another thing to remember is that the scientific research done on cinnamon is not showing definitive answers as to whether cinnamon has the benefits listed above. It does show some promise in these areas and there also is a lot of anecdotal evidence.  

Using cinnamon

  There are different ways that cinnamon can be used in your daily life. The following is a list of some of them:

  1. Taking it in capsule form: There are a supplement brands that sell capsules of cinnamon for an easy way to get benefits that cinnamon may have.
  2. In food: Of course! This is the way most people use cinnamon. It is put in lot of desserts, fruits, savory meals and ethnic cuisine (Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, Indian and Middle Eastern). Here is an example of a great looking recipe using cinnamon: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cinnamon-laced-chili
  3. Tea and other hot drinks: Cinnamon can be added to tea and other hot drinks (ex. hot cocoa) for a soothing, complex taste. It may help soothe cold and flu symptoms, too.
  4. Breathed in: Cinnamon can be bought in the form of essential oil. It could be added to a bowl of boiling water to put your head over or you can just breath it in straight from the bottle. This could soothe symptoms from colds/flus and could provide the cognition enhancing benefit (remember, the jury is out on these benefits!). Here is one cinnamon essential oil product: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DVSYCB5/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyUEtOQUJZMlBBMUs0JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDY5Mjg3MzRQS0dGQlpMNzY2OCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTU1MDg5MVM0TTFXQlUwWFQ3MyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbDImYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
  5. Hair care: Cinnamon may help with hair growth and the reduction of scalp conditions. You could apply a hair mask weekly that combines cinnamon (oil or powder), honey and oil. Cinnamon oil combines well with rosemary essential oil which also may help with hair growth.  Here is an example of a hair mask recipe using cinnamon: https://alluringsoul.com/cinnamon-hair-mask-strong-gorgeous-hair/
  6. Skin care: Cinnamon may help with acne and/or add a glow to your skin. If you are interested in seeing if it works, you could mix it with honey and use as a face mask. Here is an example of a product that has cinnamon in it already: https://www.makeupartistschoice.com/products/acne-pore-minimizer-w-sepicontrol-a5?_pos=2&_sid=98449476b&_ss=r  Here is a face mask recipe: https://stylesatlife.com/articles/cinnamon-face-mask/  
  7. Lip plumping: Some people have found that cinnamon can plump up their lips. If you are interested in seeing if this works, mix some cinnamon with Vaseline and apply it to your lips. Here is a lip scrub recipe that may have some plumping effect: https://sofabfood.com/diy-honey-and-cinnamon-plumping-lip-scrub/

I will be using it again!

I am not going to have high hopes that cinnamon will help with my health, but I do love the flavor of it. My plan is to use it regularly in my anti-inflammatory “hot toddies” and I also want to try out some recipes that have it as an ingredient (like this Little House On The Prairie recipe: https://www.food.com/recipe/cinnamon-chicken-183262).

I also might consider using cinnamon in my hair masks too. Since I am a PCOS sufferer, I get worried about the possibility of losing my hair or having it thin out. If cinnamon could possibly help prevent that from happening, then I am all for it as a hair care ingredient.

Do you have cinnamon in your cabinet, too?

If you are interested in the flavors cinnamon can bring to food/drinks and the possible health benefits it has, you should consider using that container you have of it up! Remember to make sure and not use too much as a little goes a long way.

What do you like to use cinnamon on/in? What is your favorite spice?

Thanks for reading!





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Belei Retinol Refining Moisturizer+ Review

Belei Retinol Refining Moisturizer+ Review

My skin has pretty much always been a hot mess.The severe acne I once dealt with has now given way to hyperpigmentation spots, unevenness and texture issues.

This has caused me to seek out and try many different products that I thought might help me.

The retinol moisturizing cream by Belei is a product I have been using for a few months now. I wanted to provide a little bit of information about it and give my review for this post.

The Belei brand

Belei is a skincare line by Amazon. It is still a pretty new as it only came out around 2019.

The line includes 15 different products that address issues such as wrinkles, dryness, acne and clarity. They offer these products in the forms of moisturizers, serums, cleansers, spot treatments and they also sell a face mask.

Amazon makes it easy to pick out the Belei product(s) that might work for you. This is done by giving customers the capability of choosing by their skin concern or preferred skin solution (i.e. brighten).

The prices for these products range from $9-40.

Belei Retinol Refining Moisturizer

The Retinol Refining Moisturizer was made to improve the look of our skin and provide moisturization. The ingredients in this product include retinol and a lot of things that are considered to be moisturizing (i.e. squalene, aloe vera, green tea extract etc.).

Retinol is a skin care ingredient that is found in a lot of OTC products and is a form of vitamin A. It is used for certain skin conditions such as wrinkles, fine lines, unevenness and dark spots.

It has a light, creamy consistency and can be applied in the morning and/or night. When using it in addition to other skin care products, it should be applied after the serum (if you use one). The company also recommends putting on sunscreen throughout the day.

The Retinol Refining Moisturizer is said to be good for any skin type. It comes in a 1.7 oz portion for $35.00. The container is a round, plastic tub with a push top that dispenses the product.

My review

As stated before, I have been using the Retinol Refining Moisturizer for a while now.

I came across it on my hunt for a retinol treatment and I have been using it pretty much every night since it was delivered. Miracles were never expected but I was hoping that some positive change might happen.

I had put up a post a while back about my skin care plan (which included this product). It was going to involve using a multitude of things. This did not happen.

I got lazy.

I have only been using sunscreen during the day and the retinol moisturizer at night. Nothing else!

After these few months of using the product, I have not noticed a difference. This is most likely due to the fact that I did not pair it with anything else and because it is not strong enough to combat my skin issues.

I do actually like the retinol moisturizer though. It has not made my skin worse which is a good thing. Also, it does do a very nice job of moisturizing.

Belei products being fragrance-free is something that I really appreciate. My husband has severe fragrance allergies so I am unable to use many products on the market due them having fragrances in them. It is nice that a company realizes that their products smelling perfume-y does not make them any better.

The thing that I really do not like about the product is the container. It looks nice but the push-top for dispensing is just weird to me. That is really my only grip about it.

Retin-A will definitely be my next skin care product. This is because I can get lazy (having it be the only thing I use) and it will most likely still yield some good results in my skin.

I would still recommend this product

Even though the Retinol Refining Moisturizer by Belei has not done anything for my skin issues, I am not going to say it is total trash or anything like that. I think it could be really good for other people.

If you are searching for new skin care products, consider checking out what Belei has to offer. You might find your holy grail!

What is your favorite skin care product you are using currently?

Thanks for reading!

Belei Retinol Refining Moisturizer: https://www.amazon.com/Belei-Retinol-Refining-Moisturizer-Fragrance/dp/B07HXGWRNH?ref_=ast_sto_dp

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