Products I Don’t Use Anymore

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

It’s definitely one of those weeks where I’m not really sure what I want to talk about on this here blog. I’m still recovering from the party/BBQ my family and I had last weekend and I think I still have liquor brain or something. I’ve been getting my life organized as well and developing daily routines to keep everything simple for myself.

As I was writing this I came up with an idea for a blog post today. Who says you can’t get things done under pressure? I randomly thought about products that I don’t use anymore and said to myself “hey that would make a good blog post.” So here I go!

I feel like I’ve done a ton of reviews on here and I can’t honestly say that I still use each and every product that I have reviewed. A good portion of the products that I LOVED at the time didn’t last like I thought they would.


The first one the list is the Facial Radiance Pads! Ok so I technically didn’t stop using these, I just had to take a break from them. In fact, I took a break from most of the products containing any sort of acid. I felt like acids were causing my face to be inflamed which of course caused acne. I had to make my routine a little more gentle. At some point, I will incorporate acids back in, but I may not have to apply them as often as I was.


I know! I was obsessed with the Herbivore Lapis Oil. In fact, I’m still obsessed, but my skin isn’t. My super sensitive skin started to react negatively when I used the oil. It would cause redness and it hurt to touch my skin, but only in certain spots like my chin or my cheeks. I tried to incorporate it back into my routine, but the same thing would happen. However, it did not go to waste, because my mom has it at the moment.


I was really excited to use this trio since I adore Josie Maran’s argan oil. What had happened was, the cleansing oil broke me out SO bad. Oddly enough, argan oil is a non- comedogenic oil so there must have been something else that irritated my skin. The sunscreen and the oil didn’t break me out though.


As much as I liked the Leahlani Skincare line, I just couldn’t see myself repurchasing the Honey Love or Champagne Serum again. The products specifically seemed to be more for dry skin, not sensitive combo skin. The Mermaid Sea mask will always be on my repurchasing list though!


I’m not completely sure if ever reviewed this Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser  but I’m sure I’ve mentioned it. This did a great job at brightening my skin, but it never really kept the acne to a minimal. Having glowy acne is a different approach. I may repurchase once I for real get the pimples under absolute control.

So, I guess this was a “where are they now?” type of post today. Also, these all ended up being skin care products…I guess those are the only items I actually buy. Hopefully Thursday I will have some actual material even though this wasn’t too bad! Thanks for reading.


Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask Review

Beauty, Natural, skincare, Uncategorized

Sorry for posting so late today you guys, I’ve been having problems with my eyes and needed to give it a rest from the screen. However, I wanted to get this post up because…well it’s on the to-do list!

It’s about time that I finally did a review on the Blue Tansy AHA+BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask! I wanted to use it for a few weeks so that I could give a full honest review and not just a first impression.I don’t really do reviews on products that I don’t like because I am purchasing these products myself. Okay, keep reading if you want to know more about the Blue Tansy Mask!


Here’s a little blurb from the Herbivore Botanicals website about the key ingredients that are included in this beautiful blue mask.

Key Ingredients

White Willow Bark: A natural beta hydroxy (BHA), it is high in salicylic acid which works by gently shedding the top layer of skin in order to decongest and unclog pores.

Fruit Enzymes: Natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), including papaya and pineapple, work to gently exfoliate and rid skin of dead cells to leave the complexion smoother, softer, and fresher.

Blue Tansy Oil: Naturally high in Azulene, which in addition to giving the oil its beautiful blue color works as a powerful anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin.

Aloe Leaf: Naturally contains salicylic acid and works to gently unclog pores and soothe the complexion.

I’m sure you see some familiar words like salicylic acid, which is known to help, get rid of acne.

About three weeks ago I walked into Sephora looking for a mask to purchase. I had my eye on the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask for awhile now, but then I noticed that they held Herbivore Botanicals and I changed my mind very quickly. They had the Lapis Oil, the Rose Hibiscus Face Mist and the Blue Tansy Mask. Obviously, you guys know that I picked up the Blue Tansy Mask and literally couldn’t wait to get home to try it out.

So the directions say that you can apply the mask for three consecutive days and then begin using regularly – about one to two times a week. Well, that is exactly what I did and my skin has been in love ever since.


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January 20

The mask is a gel like consistency that you can apply with a plastic applicator that comes with the mask or with your fingers. You don’t need too much; only a thin layer is necessary. After washing the mask off, my skin feels so soft and smooth. After a few hours, my pimples are shrunken and almost non-existent.

I will be honest, though, more pimples started surfacing and that did worry me for a bit. Also, my hyperpigmentation became much more noticeable. I then realized that my skin was well…shedding dead skin and all the impurities were rising to the surface so that they could be rid of once and for all. I have never experienced a mask do this before and was quite surprised.



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February 1



Once the third week approached (this week,) my hyperpigmentation started to fade and my complexion looked so much more clear and even had fewer pimples. Of course, I still have a while to go before I start seeing more drastic results, but so far I do like what I’m seeing.

The smell of the mask is a mixture of mint and floral, which I believe is the blue tansy. It can be an overwhelming smell, but it does die down after a few minutes. I will advise to keep it far away from your eyes because of the strong fragrance.

I love how gentle yet effective this mask is so that you can use it every day if you must. I don’t really have anything bad to say about this mask at all. For some reason, Herbivore Botanicals just gets it when it comes to natural products that actually work. I absolutely adore this brand!

I could go on as always, but I’m going to leave it at this! If you have any questions about the Blue Tansy mask feel free to comment down below! Thanks for reading.




Spotlight: Herbivore Botanicals Skincare

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, skincare

So can we talk about how obsessed I am with the Herbivore Botanicals skincare line? I have never in my life purchased a whole skincare line before. One day I was in Urban Outfitters buying their Pink Clay bar soap and the next day (more like a month) I found myself rolling the turquoise Lapis oil onto my fingers to apply to my face.

I’ve fallen into this great skincare routine where I use at least one Herbivore Botanicals product whether it is the Lapis Oil ($72) or the balancing toning elixir spray. I did a review of the Lapis Balancing Facial Oil a few weeks ago and even upgraded to the big daddy bottle. I’m hoping the oil lasts me for a few months considering how huge it is!

herbivore-2I never got around to reviewing the Balancing Toning Elixir spray ($12), but it goes on great after cleansing or doing a mask and smells divine like everything else I’ve used in the Herbivore Botanicals line. I’ve never been able to use toners without getting small little irritation bumps all over my face and for some reason, this one works fine. Also, the toning elixir spray is alcohol-free! I haven’t seen the balancing elixir on their website, but I know for sure they sell it in Urban Outfitters. The website does have other face mists that are available if you’d rather purchase directly from them.


The Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask ($48) is one of the best masks I have ever used. I read a few blog posts and reviews that claimed the ingredients on the packaging didn’t match up with the ingredients on the website, but apparently that problem has since been fixed. Please correct me if I’m wrong. There will be a full review of the Blue Tansy Mask along with before and after pictures very soon.

I think that the Herbivore Botanicals line is great for someone with acne prone skin (both hormonal + cystic) who is looking for some relief. Remember it’s still imperative to take care of the inside of your body so that it reflects on the outside. So don’t forget to eat as healthy as possible and drink plenty of water!

Come back Thursday for another ChelsiKay blog post. 🙂