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Bentonite Clay: My Skincare Must Have

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What is Bentonite Clay ? How does it work ?

Bentonite clay, also known as Montmorillonite clay, is a clay that is made of volcanic ash. It contains ingredients such as Iron, Potassium, Silica, Sodium and Calcium. The largest known source of Bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming. Where a large number of volcanoes are present. Thus the name ‘Benton’ite stems, and where today much of the supply is still harvested.

For centuries people around the world have been using this clay to promote better health and guard against diseases. It’s used for digestion issues like acid reflux, indigestion, constipation, bloating, gas and allergies. And externally for skin irritations, insect bites and minor cuts. The clay speeds up the healing process, and draws out the toxins from bug bites. More recently, however, you can learn about people using it for skincare benefits as well. Which is my personal favorite. Bentonite clay is unlike any other clay because of its ability~when combined with a liquid~to produce an electrical charge. This charge gives the clay its ability to adhere to and absorb toxins, drawing them out of your skin and body.

Every day we come in contact with toxins. Whether they’re in the air we breathe or the foods we eat, they are all around us. And this clay helps our skin/body expell them. The pores on our face get clogged with sebum. And excess sebum production is the MAJOR cause of acne. The excess sebum gets trapped in our pores creating a conductive environment for the bacteria to thrive. The bacteria causes inflammation, which results in pimples and blackheads. But the Bentonite draws out all this ‘gunk’! So naturally creating a facial mask out of this clay to deep clean your pores is a no brainer. And in todays market of skincare there are tons of them out there. There are some really good ones too. There are expensive ones and not so expensive ones. But for me, creating one that consists of ingredients you can actually pronounce is a plus. Also, you know exactly what you’re putting on your face.

There are many different ingredients you can mix with Bentonite to make a good clay mask. One of the ingredients in the clay mask that I make is Essential Oil. There are many different essential oils out on the market and a lot of them are very beneficial when it comes to skincare. I use Peppermint and Eucalyptus oil. The great thing about this mask is it’s customizable. So you can put ingredients in it that target a specefic skin need or to cater to your skin type, i.e. Oily, Dry, Sensitive.The recipe I’m going to share with you in today’s blog is one that has been called the ‘dupe’ for the Glam Glow SuperMud. I found it on Pinterest, but have seen it all over the internet. It’s a great mask and I love it because it works great for my oily/combination skin.

Other Skincare Benefits:

So I’ve already explained that this clay is great for cleaning out your pores but here’s some other skincare benefits you might not have known it had.

It tones, tightens, and shrinks pores. Bentonite has astringent properties giving it the ability to shrink body tissue. This is very beneficial for people with large pores🙋🏽. Enlarged pores are caused by the accumulation of oils and dirt in the skin, age(loss of elasticity) and sun damage. This mask will reduce the appearance of large pores, making your skin look younger. This clay not only clears toxins out of your pores but it removes dead skin. This causes your pores to shrink and skin to tighten(not in the bad way) once you’ve washed it off.

If you mix it in your bath water. It will have the same effect on your body. Leaving it soft and smooth with a glowy finish.

Lastly, you can use it in your hair. As a cleanser, it will bind to the dirt and oil, acting as a cleansing agent and remove build up. It’s also great as conditioner/moisturizer. All the minerals and nutrients in it nourish your hair. I hope after reading this post you will give Bentonite Clay a try. It’s an all natural product sourced here in the United States and can be found in your local vitamin stores, on Amazon or on walmart.com, which is where I purchased mine from.

BENTONITE CLAY MASK RECIPE

~ 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil(Liquid or melted)

~1/4 Cup Bentonite Clay

~ 8 Capsules Charcoal(Opened)

~ 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera(Fresh or 99.9% Gel)

~ 4 oz. Seeped Chamomile Tea (Strong-4 bags)

~ 2~4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

~ 2~4 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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Here are the ingredients you will need. First thing you will need to do is boil the water then add the tea bags and set aside. Then in another cup put your aloe, coconut oil, essential oils and also set aside. Next put the clay and charcoal in a non-metal bowl.

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And no matter how hard you try, you will make a mess getting the charcoal capsules seperated!😩 Once you’re done with that mix the two really well. You’re going to see little black ‘beads’ of charcoal.

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Just press on them with your mixing utencil and they will seperate.

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Then once you have it mixed well, you can begin to add your liquids. This is when the magic starts to happen…🌋🌋🌋🌋  As I stated earlier, once the volcanic ash part of this clay is mixed with a liquid, you begin to see its elemental properties start to change. And production of electrical charges begin bubbling up within the mixture. Like a mini volcano…so cool !

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It’s hard to see in this pic but you will see it happening when you add the liquids.

Next just start mixing and stirring it up. It’s going to look and be really clumpy, but don’t worry. Just mix it until the liquid is completely gone. Again, it’s going to look very lumpy. That’s normal. Plus, I have a nifty little trick that’s going to help get all those lumps out and leave you with a smooth, whipped consistency.

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Now for that trick… I use a large ziplock bag. I’m going to put the clay mixture inside it.

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Then seal it up, making sure to get all the excess air out.

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Then lay it on a flat surface and begin kneading it back and forth with your fingers.

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Pressing on the lumps of clay until they are dissolved.

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Once you have gotten all the lumps out, begin moving all of the mixture completely away from one corner. Do this by sliding your palm along the mixture and pressing lightly.

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Now cut the corner of the ziplock so you can pipe the mask mixture into the contair you will keep it in. I’m using a cute little Mason Jar.

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Once you have it your container, make sure you wipe the mixture off the rim of your jar, or whatevr type of container you use, so that it does not clog the threads when you try to unscrew the lid.

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That’s it ! Now you have yourself a homemade $70 clay mask ! Enjoy !

 

*Note: Please do not mix in metal bowls or use metal utencils, as this can reduce the clays effectiveness. Also store in refrigerator when done. You can use it up to 2~3/week. Great for oily skin but gentle enough for sensitive skin.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. As always I welcome any comments or feedback.

~ Daelynn 💋

 

 

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Drunk Elephant Cleansers Review

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Drunk Elephant has three cleansers so far, two bar soaps and one jelly cleanser. I have been using them all, in rotation, and love them. Here’s a quick rundown of them:

 

Beste No.9, holder of 4 Beauty Awards including the Cosmopolitan Skin Awards 2018, is a jelly cleanser with a pH level of 5.5 that removes makeup, excess oil and daily grime. It’s non-irritating, non-sensitizing & appropriate for every skin type. With a unique blend of ingredients like mild surfactants, Virgin Marula Oil & Cantaloupe Fruit Extract, it rinses away without completely without leaving any residue or stripping the skin. It’s clear and looks like a gel cleanser.

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When mixed with water it provides a nice lather/foam that’s not overly bubbly. I use it two different ways…ONE: I rub it into my palms and apply it to my DRY face massaging gently, adding water as I work my way around my face and neck. TWO: I wet my palms and squeeze some onto them and rub together, massaging my face and neck in circular motions. Then I rinse with luke warm water and my face is left clean, soft & residue free.

 

PeKee Bar is the white bar soap, it’s a gentle, multi-tasking bar that clarifies, balances & moisturizes your skin while rinsing away pore-clogging surface debris, impurities & excess oil. It also moisture retention, while improving the feel of elasticity & firmness. It has a pH level of 6.51 and is infused with a blend of honey, blueberry extract & marula oil.

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*Look at the CUTE elephant that’s embossed on the bar*

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To use I wet my palm and then rub the bar on it to create a lather. Then I massage the lather all over my face and neck. Once rinsed my face feels so soft & clean, but not stripped. And another major change is the decrease in the redness. I really love that.

 

Next is the JuJu Bar…it’s the gray exfoliating bar soap. It is an ultra-mild, 3-in-1 bar soap that deeply cleanses, subtly exfoliates and detoxifies. It has a pH level of 6.34 and is formulated with thermal mud & bamboo powder. There are micro fine particles/granules in it that give a gentle exfoliation w/o stripping skin.

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I use this one the same way I use the PeKee Bar…I wet my palm and rub the bar on it to create a lather, then I massage my face gently, focusing on areas of concern. I really like that I can apply harder pressure to create a deeper exfoliation. Once rinsed my face is cleaner, clearer & brighter. And over time it can help minimize the appearance of pores. I’m liking that !

 

I use all these cleansers and really like them. I can’t speak on how well they remove makeup because I have been makeup-free since I began using Drunk Elephant products over a month and a half ago. BUT…I can say that they all work well at removing sunscreen, tinted sunscreen and the DBronzi drops.

 

 

*An added caviat…I have used both bar soaps as shampoo…my hair gets extremely oily and that causes me to have to wash my hair often, which in turn causes a little bit of drying of my scalp. The JuJu helps remove the dry skin on my scalp, keeping me free of flakes, while the PeKee helps provide moisture and conditioning…the Virgin Marula Oil helps see to that. Oh…and I DID purchase an extra set of the minis to use on my body !

 

 

 

Hope this post helps give you a better understanding of the DE cleansers, if you have any questions/comments please add them below.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Daelynn

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My Drunk Elephant Beginning

It’s no secret Drunk Elephant is one of the most popular brands in skin care these days…and with good reason. From cleansers to sunscreens and everything in between, their products have hit cult status.

 

I had been seeing posts all over social media…from pics of their beautiful packaging to reviews of the actual products. People loved both ! And right around this time I was feeling less than impressed with my current routine, and the products in it ! What I was using was NOT working, or even showing the smallest of results. So I decided I wanted to try some of their items, but I wanted to try to use up what I had open…this was in August 2018. In the meantime I wanted to do some further research on the brand, its philosophy and the products I thought I’d be interested in starting out with. Then, without realizing it, I received a sample of the Virgin Marula Oil with one of my Sephora orders. And because of my history with facial oils, being too oily for my already oily skin, I put it aside instead of trying it. Then one day I was needing to review a facial roller but didn’t have any facial oil…so guess what I used ? Yep… the VMO ! And I absolutely LOVED it ! It wasn’t oily, sticky, tacky or heavy. It sank into my skin immediately and did not leave an oily residue behind. Pretty soon I was using it every single day in my routine.

 

Fast forward to the end of October 2018…after watching some YouTube videos from people who did a two-week Drunk Elephant trial using The Littles kit, I got an idea that I would purchase Trunk 2.0 (Pictured above) and on my 50th birthday, November 17th, I would begin a 30 day experiment where I used only the DE products. I figured it couldn’t hurt and it had to be better than what I was using. And so began my journey with Drunk Elephant.

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Here are the products I started out with for my experiment. I’ve since added some and will be reviewing each one next, so stay tuned. But if you would like to see my daily routines, and weekly before & after pics, head to my Instagram feed to check them out, by clicking HERE.

 

And make sure to check back daily as I’ll be posting individual reviews for each of the products I’ve been using and other items I have since added to my Drunk Elephant family.

 

Daelynn

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My HG Micellar Cleansing Water: Derma-e Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water

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Recently I received this mini size bottle of the @dermae Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water in one of my @ipsy bags. I must admit I didn’t really have high hopes for it…ONLY because I’ve used Micellar waters before and found they didn’t really clean as well as they promised. But one evening I realized I was out of my cleansing oil I typically use to remove makeup…so I thought I’d give this a shot. Boy was I PLEASANTLY surprised ! This not only removed my makeup it left my skin feeling so soft & smooth and NOT sticky. .
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🍊So I decided to look into it further. I discovered it’s designed to do a lot more than remove makeup. It can improve the appearance of skin’s texture and promote healthy collagen production. It also maintains skin’s proper balance. It contains a stable form of Vitamin C that won’t evaporate and can’t be compromised before absorbing into your skin. It also contains Rooibos, which is an herb that is commonly used as a tea. However in extract form it provides amazing anti-aging benefits like reducing wrinkles & boosts production of healthy skin cells. It also provides healing properties…that’s big for me with my Rosacea. Lastly this micellar water contains Probiotics which work to nurture your skin and keep it hydrated. .
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🧖🏽‍♀️So yeah, way more than just another ordinary micellar water. I knew after the first week of using this that it was different. It has quickly become a staple in my routine & I love it. I’ve purchased the large bottle and I’m looking into other items in this line. I use it in the morning, put it on a cotton square & clean my face before getting in the shower and using my water cleanser. Then in the evening I take turns using it & my oil cleanser. In a short time I have noticed a definite difference in my skin. I’m so glad I received this, plus Vitamin C in a micellar cleansing water…👍🏽! 🌱All of their products are 100% Vegan, Cruelty Free, GMO Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Recyclable & Wind Energy(Certificates). Plus @dermae gives back by supporting Vitamin Angels, Special Olympics & Keep America Beautiful. I think that’s amazing and I’m happy to support a company that does all that.

If you’re into Micellar waters, you definitely need to try this one…an if you’ve never tried a Micellar water then this is a great place to start.

Daelynn

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Review for the Sephora Collection Bubble Mask

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This is the @sephoracollection Bubble Mask. The foaming formula of this bubbling sheet mask is designed to detox, oxygenate & fight against pollutants. It produces visibly brighter skin. It can also be used to treat acne, blemishes, pores & blackheads. It suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. .
🌊Its active key ingredient is Spirulina which is an algae that’s rich in fatty acids and aids in the elimination of heavy metals & toxins. Additionally it contains an abundance of antioxidants that fight against free radicals, which can cause uneven discoloration. .
🥦It also contains Broccoli Extract which is loaded with fatty acids making it highly moisturizing without being greasy. Lastly it’s a great source of Vitamin A which boosts skin cell regeneration and production. .
🥑🌵Finally Avacado & Aloe Extracts work to deeply moisturize and soothe skin. .
🎭The actual sheet was very comfortable and fit well. It was drenched in bubbling goodness. And the scent was great…reminded me of the Mr. Bubble bubble bath…dang…all these bubbles🤩! Anyhoo…the scent was light and didn’t linger, at least that I noticed. I left it on for 15 minutes and then rinsed my face. Now the first thing that I noticed was brightness. And the normal tightness that I sometimes get from bubble masks was not there…hmmm🤔, sweet ! To the touch my face was smoother than normal too…werrrk #SephoraCollection 🙌🏽!!! I do suggest using a good moisturizer in your routine after masking with this, you don’t want your skin becoming dehydrated & parched. .

 
💭Final Thoughts: I was very happy with the results from this mask. It really did its job. And the fact that my face wasn’t left feeling like the Mojave Desert is a plus👍🏽. Lastly I’m extremely happy I can get it here ! I hope you enjoy it.
#Sephora #SkinCare#SephoraCollectionBubbleMask#BubbleMask #BubbleSheetMask#SheetMask #SheetHead#SheetHappens #Beauty #SheetLove#MySkinCareChroniclesReview

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Review for Freeman Beauty Detoxifying Sheet Mask

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I finally had a chance to try the new @freemanbeautysheet masks 🎭! I’ve been seeing them a lot but keep forgetting to grab them when I’m in Sally’s. .

🌑This is the Detoxifying one. It contains charcoal powder which clarifies & detoxifies skin while also cleansing your pores. It can also help prevent breakouts. Yay🙌🏽👏🏽! .

🌊It contains Sea Salt which helps to balance & restore he skin with its high concentration of its minerals & nutrients. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can calm and soothe irritation & breakouts. Additionally its cleansing properties deeply purify & refine pores.

🌼And it has Dandelion Extract which is rich in antioxidants and helps prevent aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines, dark spots & wrinkles. It’s also alkalizing and can help to eliminate impurities & detoxify skin. .

🌑The black sheet fits great and was dripping with essence that smelled of fresh cut cucumbers 🥒! It was very comfortable. I left it on for about 20 minutes and it was still damp. My skin was noticeably clearer. It looked a tad brighter and felt very moisturized. The essence dried down slightly tacky but not to the point that it bothered me. .

💭Final Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this mask. It provided great results and was very reasonably priced…I think I paid $1 for it at Sally’s ! I also bought some of the hydrogel one too and am really excited to try them😬😊! So this is a definite yes on repurchase and recommend. .

#FreemanBeauty#FreemanBeautySheetMask #SkinCare#Beauty #InstaReview#SheetMaskReview #SheetHead#SheetHappens #SheetLove #SheetMask#SheetFaced #InstaBeauty#MySkinCareChroniclesReview#FreemanBeauties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review for Karuna Clean Mud Face Mask

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This is the @karunaskin #CleanMudFaceMask and it’s designed to clean and purify skin by removing dirt and absorbing oil. It also claims to restore hydration as well. .

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. 🌑It contains charcoal-infused mud, Lava Clay & Bentonite Clay that do the heavy lifting…clearing your pores.
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💧While Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Leaf, Green Tea, Seaweed, Grapefruit Extract help restore hydration and leave your skin clearer & glowing.
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💌Upon opening the envelope I immediately notice a fresh, sunscreen scent. It’s not overpowering but you definitely notice it. However once the mask is on it slowly goes away.The mask comes in two pieces, upper & lower, and each is between two protective sheets. It’s super delicate so be careful. Being that it’s two pieces it adjusts easily to fit your face. But take your #MaskSelfiequickly and before talking because it wrinkles. .

 

🤔Thoughts: This mask was very comfortable and I left it on until it was completely dry, as per the instructions. Even then it wasn’t uncomfortable. It was easy to remove and left my skin feeling soft & smooth. It looked cleaner, if that makes sense, and my oily T-Zone stayed matte all day. I liked this mask a lot and will definitely repurchase. I got it from @sephora for $8. The clay/mud sheetmasks can be hit or miss because they either dry out too much before you get the chance to use it or they leave your skin parched. But #Karuna got it right with this mask👌🏽. Impressed me.
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#MySkinCareChroniclesReview#KarunaSkin #SkinCareJunkie #SkinCare#SheetMaskJunkie #SheetHead#SheetHappens #InstaBeauty #FaceLove#SephoraFind #SkinCareBlogger

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Review for the NoTS Deep Water Wrapping Mask

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The @nots_globalDeep Water Wrapping Mask claims to provide deep hydration using deep sea water from 200 meters below sea level. The sheet is a Cupra sheet which is supposed to help reduce moisture loss. .
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💧Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Leaf Extract, Sea Water & Glycerin moisturize the skin. .
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🌱Peppermint Leaf, Green Tea Leaf & Bergamot Leaf Extracts are rich in antioxidants and protect skin. .
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This mask comes in two sections between protective sheets. It wasn’t as soft as I thought it would be and the fit was a little big. The essence was a thicker gel that smelled almost like an ointment. I left it on for about 30 minutes and it plumped my skin nicely. There was some brightening as well. The essence didn’t absorb that easily and I was left feeling a bit tacky, plus the smell stayed with me. .
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🤔Overall this masked did its job but the smell and size kept me from giving it 5 stars. Also I would highly suggest using this mask at night. .
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I was sent this mask in exchange for my honest review by @0.8l_usa @0.8l_korea !
#HydrationMask #Nots #NotsWaterMask#KBeauty #FaceMask #08L #MySkinCareChroniclesReview 

 

Hope you enjoyed this short review. If you have any questions let me know.

 

Daelynn

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