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Glow Deliciously with Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel Active Fruit Glycolic Mask

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I like pudding. Who doesn't like pudding? I mean, it's sweet, rich, comforting and it makes me feel like a kid, again when I treat myself to a dish. What could be better?


How about a jar of pudding for my face? Farmhouse Fresh, purveyors of all beauty luscious has created a delicious and tingly mask that combines Rice, Glycolic and Fruit AHA's to exfoliate and increase cell turnover while treating and improving the appearance of acne marks, dullness and uneven tone. Coconut Milk and Honey hydrate and plump while Tapioca, Green Tea and Honeysuckle Extracts soothe and make my skin feel silky smooth.


How to use? I grab a synthetic flat foundation brush and smooth the mask across my freshly cleansed skin in a thin layer. Be careful to not get this too close to the eyes! Glycolic and eyeballs... Not compatible bedfellows. I kick back and enjoy the light tingling sensation and delicious scent while the active ingredients get busy on my skin. After twenty minutes or so (usually longer... I tend to get sidetracked when I'm masking) I grab a soft facecloth and rinse. A spritz of my favorite rosewater and my routine skin care to finish and my complexion feels insanely soft and smooth and looks radiant and even toned for days.


Rich. Creamy. Deliciously edible smelling. You might be tempted to grab a spoon and gobble up your jar of Pudding Apeel. Don't do that. Just smear it all over your face and emerge glowing, gorgeous and looking forward to your next treatment. This mask is gentle enough to use as often as you please, but if you are sensitive or new to Alpha Hydroxy Acids, take it slow and easy. Test, first then treat your skin to this yummy mask once a week or so until your skin is ready for more. Don't forget that this sweet treat is serious stuff and makes the skin more photosensitive so it is best to protect that flower face with a high SPF sunscreen.

I am so enjoying this sweet, creamy, dessert for my face. I love the way it smells, feels going on and how lovely my skin looks when I use it. If you want to treat yoself, get it here. You can also buy this and other Farmhouse Fresh yum from Dermstore and other select fine retailers and spas. Farmhouse Fresh is social! Find them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Farmhouse Fresh produces and hand packs their delicious face and body care treats right here in the U.S. from mostly natural ingredients; they are proudly cruelty free and free of parabens, sulfates and some products are vegan and gluten free, as well.

Have you tried Farmhouse Pudding Apeel? Isn't it delish? If you haven't, what are you waiting for?

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Play! By Sephora Monthly Beauty Subscription Box | My Notes

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After weeks of languishing on the wait list, I got the call. My name had finally come up to get my first Play! by Sephora Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. The service is $10. a month and includes six mid tier to high end snack sized beauty goodies with which to Play! You never know what will come your way and half of the fun of a service like this is the surprise. Shall we take a tour of the box and the goodies contained within?


On my doorstep landed a smallish (a little bigger than a salad plate), square box decorated in Sephora's signature black and white stripes. I put one of my staging flowers on top in the first shot because address. Cut the spiffy, striped tape and lift the lid and you will see a large, folded sheet printed with the current month's theme and the products contained within and info about them. There is a card attached that entitles the holder to a free mini service in store and fifty additional points when a purchase is made. Tragically, I can't use the card, myself as Sephora still refuses to build a store for me, in my area. *sigh* *alas! alack!*

Under the info sheet is a woven fabric drawstring bag pulled with a black grosgrain ribbon. Each bag is printed with cute pictures and kisses in that month's theme which for July is Effortless Summer. Mmm... Popsicle!

How about a look see at the contents of the bag?


  • Ouai Wave Spray: A 5oz. spray is $26.00. I live in a nonstop battle royal with my wurls and I wonder, will this help? I'm excited to find out. 
  • Benefit Dew the Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer. A full size is $28.00. I swatched this. Not sure about it, yet. I'll have to woman up and get it on my face. 
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: The full size is $36.00. I have been wanting to try this primer for years, so this sample is welcome, indeed. 
  • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: A 5oz. tube is $20.00. The claim is that this is good for all skin types, even dry. *knowing chuckle* Yeah... We'll see about that. 
  • Beautyblender Blotterazzi: A mirrored compact and two blotting sponges is $20.00. I received one sponge and a sip sized sachet packet of the Blender Cleanser liquid sponge/brush cleaner. I am not oily and rarely have to blot but the little dude may come in handy in some way. 
  • NEST Citrine: A 1.7 oz. Eau de Parfum spray is $68.00. I am not the biggest fan of NEST fragrances, as a rule. They are usually too "woody" for my taste. Citrine is "The dewy softness of lotus flower and freesia are set against sparkling citrus notes and hints of precious woods." Notes: Lemon Blossom, Lotus Flower, Freesia, Dew Drop Accord. Precious Woods. Style: Bright. Refreshing. Sparkling. Ya know what... I've tried a little of this sample, so far and it smells to me like a sun washed meadow. Soft, warm, fresh and gently floral and I don't detect the dreaded wood. I need to give it at least one more good try but so far, it's promising. Would I buy a rollerball or big bottle? Who knows what the future holds.

So there you have it, gentle reader. A rundown of my very first Play! By Sephora box. Overall, I'm pleased and I feel that I got my ten clam's worth, for sure. I am not stacking greasy BB's in a corner excited about this box, yet but almost all of my snack sized goodies will be happily consumed and I'm looking forward to August's offering. I'm hoping for some nice makeup type things, in addition to skin stuff. Just because I'm an old broad doesn't mean I just want skin care and ugly blue eye shadow. *I'm looking at you, Ipsy.* 

Are you a recipient of Play! By Sephora Monthly Beauty Subscription service? What do you think of it, so far? Have you been/are you happy with it? If you're looking to partake, give us a click, head over and get on the wait list. Hopefully, your languish will be shorter than mine!

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LATHER Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel

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LATHER Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel is a natural, gentle yet effective way to get fresher, smoother skin in a flash. Formulated with finely ground passion fruit seeds, jojoba oil beads, bromelain from pineapple and papain from papaya, this lovely stuff combines the power of natural chemical and physical exfoliation into one easy to use to use product.


LATHER Chia Seed and Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel is so easy to use. After routine cleansing, I squeeze a little of the scrub onto my fingers and briskly massage it all over my face in circular motions, being careful to avoid my eyes, then rinse and pat dry. Easy-peasy. This scrub is a little on the "gentle" side for my skin for hardcore exfoliation but I love it for routine, maintenance work. Since I have been using this scrub, I don't need to use my tough stuff scrubs as often. This scrub has a light, earthy, natural scent but it isn't fragranced or perfumed. If you are sensitive or dislike scented products, you should be good with this one.

water (aqua), glycerin, hydrogenated castor oil, hydrogenated jojoba oil, salvia hispanica (chia) seed extract*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, hydrogenated, rapeseed oil, lauryl olivate, passiflora edulis seed powder, sorbitol, xanthan gum, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, bromelain, papain, passiflora incarnata flower extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, cocos nucifera (coconut) shell powder, sodium pca, hydrolyzed soy protein, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, calendula officinalis flower extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, rosa canina fruit extract, sodium lauroyl oat amino acids, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, caprylyl glycol, maltodextrin, caprylhydroxamic acid, fragrance**, sodium phytate. *organic ingredient **natural fragrance
 LATHER makes beautiful products that perform flawlessly and fit perfectly into their mission statement of "clean skin for a radiant life."  LATHER produces their products with ingredients that are good for our skin, for our health and our planet and are dedicated to being good stewards of our green world. All LATHER packaging, shopping bags, cartons and gift cards are recyclable and made from post consumer recycled materials. LATHER is proudly cruelty free.

If you would like to try the Chia Seed and Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel or explore any of their wonderful products, check out the LATHER website or wander into one of their stores located in Pasadena, CA. Scottsdale, AZ. Fairfax, VA and Atlanta, GA. Connect socially on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

What are your favorite LATHER products? Please share and enable me.

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