Black Mineral Mask Review

Check out my review of Clearskin Pore-Penetrating Black Mineral Mask.

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So I tried this a while back. I really liked it and I’ve continued to use it about once a week. I’m really rough on my skin during the summer. So a deep clean is good for keeping my skin healthy.

This mineral mask contains an oil-absorbing blend of mineral clays that attract oil like a magnet. This mask is suitable for all skin types. 


The mask comes out of a tube a dark grey color. The instructions say you should apply a thin layer to your freshly-washed face. 

This is not a peel-off mask. It must be washed off once it turns light grey. I’ve always heard with masks like this one that the first part of the mask that turns grey is the spots on your face where the mask starts working first. I can’t aay if this is true or not, but funny enough- the mask always dries and turns grey in my problem area which is the creases of my nose. These seem to be where blemishes will show up, when they show up.

The mask has a cooling effect on the skin and a clean smell that isn’t too strong.

Also the skin around my mouth usually dries very quickly. This ia another problem area I have. 

Once the mask is completely dry it will look like this:

The directions say to leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Once the mask is completely dry you should rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry. 

I would recommend this product to my family and friends. I’m sure my boys will be using this mineral mask soon enough (they’re super lucky to live with their very own Avon lady!).

The reviews on this product are pretty impressive. Click here to see over 100 reviews of people who have tried this mineral mask or had someone in their home try it

Keep checking back. I plan to try and provide feedback on most of the Clearskin products over this summer, in an effort to keep my face clean and clear in this Florida heat.

Facial Extraction Strip… Necessary! 

Check out my personal review of the Clearskin extraction strip. Extracting dirt and cleaning pores one strip at a time.

So this new active lifestyle I’ve been living hasn’t been wonderful for my face. I walk for exercise or work in my yard everyday. Which means I sweat everyday. Not to mention- pool side and beach days include pore-clogging sunscreen.

 In an effort to keep my skin clear of blackheads and pimples, I ordered and tried out Clearskin extraction strip to pull out dirt and oils from problems areas on my face (the t-zone and chin areas). 

So the strip comes out in a liquid form, very thick and very sticky. It reminded me of wax for eyebrows. As the instructions stated- I put a very thick layer on the t-zone (betweem eyebrows and on nose) and I also did my chin. (Excuse my makeup-less, fresh-out-of-the-shower, sunglass-tan face). & yes, my eyebrows are a work in progress. Lol

And just for fun, I had Hubs try it too (but only with the stipulation of an embarassing photo). 

Excuse his “haven’t shaved in months” beard. Haha!

The directions say it takes about 20 minutes for the strip to dry. It took a bit longer for the really thick spots to dry enough to be peeled, but I didn’t mind. It was relax time. So relax I did. 

I noticed the strip felt cool as it started to dry, like a refreshing feeling. 

Removing the strip was a bit of a task for me. Hubs is much tougher and had no troubles. My skin is more sensitive so I had to go slowly. One thing was clear immediately: nothing can stay in your pores when you remove this strip! I removed the chin strip first and the skin looked like brand new skin. Quite impressive. 

I had gotten some of the strip in my eyebrows and was concerned that I would struggle to remove it and possibly forfeit some of my eyebrow(s). Lol This wasn’t the case. The strip came right off and did not pull out any hair in my eyebrows. 

I will definitely continue to use the strip and would recommend it to my friends or family. And it would probably be very beneficial to young teens who struggle with acne and blackheads. The strip is meant to be used 1-2 times per week. Using it more frequently could cause drying skin and pores.

Click here to see all of the Clearskin products and read customer reviews. And feel free to share your embarassing review photos as well! 😉

The Facial Hair Struggle

Check out my review of Skin So Soft’s facial hair removal cream.

So all this time- 34 years- it’s hasn’t happened. I’ve had a few gray hairs. I noticed an angry wrinkle in the middle of my forehead a few years ago. I’ve had smile wrinkles for several years. But I have never had a stache until recently 😦 

Its started when I got some sun a few weeks ago. And the skin on my upper lip got dark… and the little hairs got lighter. So the first comment came from my husband. I looked and kind of agree with him and moved on. In any case, my makeup can hide just about anything! So I started taking more time with my makeup.. lightening up this area when I applied. Now worries.

Then one day, sans makeup, my stepson mentions my mustache. I start getting concerned. Within 3 days of this 2nd comment, one of my twins says something to me! I start getting upset. And It’s time to DO something! 

Luckily for me, it was time to send in my Avon order. The wait for my shipment to arrive was painful this month. My patience had almost run out when my package arrived!!

So this morning, we decide to spend the 4th of July at the beach. I’ve read my instructions. I’m removing this stache (or hoping to!!) while I prepare my coffee before we head out. 

I read the instructions which say to put a thick layer on and do not rub it in. Leave for 2-8 minutes. I left on for about 5 minutes. Then wipe clean with wet washcloth and then rinse with warm water. 

So I come out if the bedroom looking like this…

I laughed so hard as I made my coffee when one of the twins asked me “Mommy, where did you get that milk mustache at?” So I announced to him and his brothers that it wasn’t milk.. I was working on my mustache. So then I laughed some more when he asked “So that’s lotion to grown your mustache?” Kids are a trip! 

So now for the review. I’m in holiday-beach mode so no after pick at this time. Lol But the hair removal cream did, in fact, remove all the fine little hairs from my upper lip. Apparently, there was quite a bit of “fuzz” there because now the skin feels a bald kind of weird. And I will say I probably should have done the hair removal a day or 2 ago because applying sunscreen on my face did burn just a tad on my upper lip, as well as the “just shaved now in the salt water burn” most women have experienced on their legs at some point. It wasn’t life-altering. And definitely worth having the stache gone. 

So I would definitely recommend Skin So Soft hair removal cream. It was more than worth the $7 I paid for it. I think when I’ve used all of this one I will get the sensitive skin hair removal cream. Especially if I remove the hair on beach day. Lol

Get Outside & Grow Something! 

Check out my latest blog with handy tools to get outside and get something growing this summer.

I love, love mowing our grass! And last summer I realized why I love it: because it’s relaxing and peaceful. It’s one of the few times in my crazy, hectic, boy-filled world that I can put in my headphones & think. Think about whatever I want!! The boys are usually outside with me so I can see them (another part of feeling relaxed as a Mama is being able to see your children & visually verify that they are fine!). So mowing the grass is a sort of therapy for me. 

This year though, grass mowing started a few weeks ago. And when I would get done with our 1-acre lot, I started working in our yard. Also something I learned a very long time ago is relaxing. Pulling weeds mostly. Trimming bushes is a bit harder and not so relaxing. But very rewarding. And again, I do have boys. So they help out. 

Recently I’ve started trying to grow my own lemons and watermelons. Update on this later, as the tropical conditions have been pretty serious here lately. And my plants aren’t loving it.. because their just babies. Lol

But anyway, below are some great ways to get outside. & grow something!!  😉

This tabletop greenhouse is only $34.99. & it’s great for little hands to help. 

This hanging planter basket is made out of cotten. Great for adding a little “green” to indoor or outdoor spaces. Only $16.99.

Water is essential for growing anything. This set of 2 bird bird stakes are a cute way to keep the H2O watering your plants. The set is only $12.99.

Love, love, love these cute metal planters! The set includes 3 planters with chains so they can hang for only $14.99. Also for use indoors or outdoors.

Ever thought of growing your own herbs? It’s becoming quite trendy these days to DIY. You don’t really go anywhere or click anywhere without seeing people getting healthier homes by going organic. Or growing their own. Or doing it themselves. This handy herb-eze container will help you do it all! This container helps you measure, strip, collect, and even store fresh herbs. And checkout these magic words: dishwasher & freezer safe!! These are just $5.99 each! I like fresh mint leaves in my lemon water. And now, I can grow my own!! 

Now if you’re super gardening then you need this colander bag in your life! Great for collecting fresh veggies frim outside. The design allows for extra dirt and soil removal at the bottom. Only $12.99. 

Lastly, mostly for decoration, check out this cute garden stake thermometer. Only $19.99.

Click here to see all of the Avon Living outdoor collection, including bird baths, rain measurer, and hummingbird feeder. And start getting some outdoor therapy today 🙂 Can’t wait to share what I’m growing!

Oh My Feet… 

Tired, achy leg and feet remedies for anybody who is super hard on the lower body.

Sooo it’s been somewhat of a secret that I’ve recently decided to get off the couch & get healthy. I have a few “go-to’s” who have been aware of my journey thus far. So I guess you could say the cat’s coming out of the bag. 

Recently, I’ve been taking the boys to the local park. They ride their bikes and I walk (eventually going to be a jog or a run). I usually do 2 or 3 miles per day. In addition the boys and I have been working out at home (they will confirm this is true Lol) and we’ve been spending time in the pool. They swim… I focus on water aerobics and let me tell you- I wondered if they were working on day #1 and day #2… but on day #3 I started swimming and doing donkey kicks under the water and my hips definitely let me know that day this yes, this is working!! 

So in any case, for about 2 weeks my right foot has been bothering me. No trauma. No bruise. It’s hard for me to even explain the pain… but it’s worst in the mornings. I have been sorta walking around with my coffee cup in the mornings trying to determing if walking will be possible that day, while the boys follow me around, begging to load up their bikes so “we can go ride”. They love it! It’s a win-win-win situatuon! We’re all happy and all moving. Score. 

After a few days of this I had to evaluate my foot. Pretty sure I’m going to end up visiting the Dr. But in the meantime… I’ve been using Footworks products to sooth my aching feet. And they have kept me going (see below today’s walk):

Oh yesss! Almost 4.5 miles! Amazing! I feel wonderful! & although I seriously hate my scale.. I’m noticing other victories. NSV’s. Nom-Scale Victories. Great, great feeling. So what are these products that are allowing my feet to continue providing NSV’s? I thought you’d never ask:

The FootWorks Lavender Pampering Oil is amazing! I put some in some warm water and soaked my aching foot for a while. It was very soothing and rejuvenating. Put some life back into my poor foot. Lol

I think I love the peppermint reviving leg gel the most! I’ve mentioned it before in previous posts. I can’t say enough good things about it. I use it on legs and feet. It’s not too strong and not very tingly. Many people don’t like tingly feelings. But again… this stuff has definitely been putting some life back into my feet and legs from all this hard work I’m putting them through.

& lastly… nothing to do with aching feet. I live with a bunch of smelly boys & look at this…

This deodorizing spray is only $3.99 (so I bought 2!!) We definitely, definitely need and use this stuff!! & for Hubby with BIG feet problems & constantly wearing work boots at work 75+ hours per week:

Deodorizing foot powder. Also just $3.99. & totally worth it.