Fashion Flash Monday



Fashion Flash is live and is hosted, this week by our lovely fearless leader, Deb of No Nonsense Beauty Blog.

This week's e-newsletter features the best from forty plus bloggers on a variety of subjects like fashion, beauty, travel, hospitality, cooking, fitness and wellness.

I hope that you enjoy our articles, this week and don't forget to come back, next week for more from Fashion Flash.

The Best Face Masks for Dry Skin ~ Makeup Wars

This go round, the Makeup Wars bloggers are sharing Masks! Face masks. Eye masks. Hair masks. Latex... Oh, wait. Different subject for another day.

Winter is brutal to my dry skin and I rely on face masks to help me keep the worst effects of dry, cold air and indoor heating at a minimum. When it comes to face masks for my dry skin, I stick to the three "ions." Exfoliation. Rejuvenation. Hydration. These three keywords makes choosing face masks easy; as long as I see them on the label, I know that that mask is most likely going to work for my skin. Most of the masks I'm sharing are great for multi masking. For example, I like to put cream mask on my cheeks and forehead, use a hydrating clay mask on my nose and chin and eye patch masks under my peepers. Specialized care for each zone for optimal results. How amazing is that?

Good face masks don't have to cost a fortune. Most of the masks in this post are reasonably priced, some less than ten dollars each. All of them are easy to find either locally or online and, as they have all been put through their paces by my very dry, maturing skin, are proven to work! So grab a warm beverage, settle in and let me share with you my picks for the best face masks for dry skin.

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When my skin is looking and feeling dry, a bit rough and flaky and the texture isn't exactly what I would like, I look to exfoliation, both chemical and physical to slough off dead skin and one great way to complete this little skin care task is with a good face mask. AHA and other fruit acids, clay, natural botanicals, scrubby bits... I enjoy the job when I can combine it with a little down time!

Rose Clay and Sea Kelp Powder are what I like to call kitchen sink DIY masks because I can mix them with water, rose water, add a little honey, aloe gel and or face oil to give my skin a purifying deep clean while hydrating and soothing. Toss in some sea salt and I can really power polish my face or other places smooth.

Valentia Advanced Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask comes in a big tub and should last about a decade. All joking aside, tho, if you're not into beauty kitchen witchery, this is a good all around cleansing, exfoliating, detoxifying mask that leaves my complexion glowing and soft.

LATHER 10 Minute Brightening Mask with Glycolic Acid. Gentle reader, this mask is no joke. That 10% Glycolic means business and gets the job done. This stuff tingles and stings and eats away all of the stuff you don't want hanging around. If you have sensitive skin or are unused to using AHAs, do a tolerance test before you go all in and start slow. If your face is acid tolerant as mine is, grab this stuff and rock and roll. The results are real.

Some of my favorite clay - cream get the job done masks come from Farm House Fresh:

Pudding Apeel is a delicious, sweet tapioca scented cream mask that smells good enough to eat. Don't do that! Formulated with Glycolic Acid, this mask is not quite as hardore as the LATHER, above but it is effective.

Splendid Dirt is a nutrient mud mask with natural pumpkin puree. This is another one that smells disarmingly delicious but it is not meant to be spooned and gobbled up. I smear this pumpkin pie delight all over my face, kick back for twenty minutes or so, rinse it off and hello! Brighter, smoother face! I am running out of my mini, I need a full sized jar. Like, STAT.

Peat Perfection is an enriched peat purification mask that purifies, balances, calms and leaves my skin feeling delightfully fresh and soft. Because this mask balances the complexion, it is good for just about every skin type, oily to dry. Give it a try. Wow. I'm a poet and I didn't know it.

Guac Star is a creamy soft, hydrating and soothing mask that penetrates deep to calm and hydrate my skin. I want to pick up a full size of this one, soon.

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Hydration. My skin craves it like I crave coffee. And, rather like me, if denied my precious, dark Nectar of the Gods, my skin will pitch a major bitch should it not get what it needs.

Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask. I'm running low on this baby and will need to order a new one, soon. I've been hoarding what I have left but it is time to go ahead and use it up before the unthinkable happens and I have to toss it. This lovely, unscented, white cream mask is so moisturizing and comforting. My skin loves this stuff.

StriVectin Revitalizing Mask seems to no longer be available so we'll just pretend that I didn't neglect my research and it isn't in my picture, above.

Moving on...

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Mask. Like coconut? Got dry skin? Get you a tube of this stuff. Seriously, you'll love how your skin feels after you use this mask.

The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask. Dude. I was really hoping that this stuff would smell like honey. Not so much. But it is lovely and hydrating and makes my skin soft and happy. So I guess I can live without the yummy scent.

Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask is some weird, gelatinous stuff. Mustard yellow of colour, odd of scent, it is so. very. hydrating and soothing. I like this stuff in the summer because it feels very cooling and refreshing, as it moisturizes my skin.

Exuviance Overnight Recovery Masque. This gorgeous, spendy stuff is worth it's ask as it performs brilliantly. When my skin is stressed, extra dry and screaming at me at a pitch only dogs can hear, this cool, green gel smooths into my skin under my usual moisturizer and sinks in while I sleep so that I awake with a soft, plumped, calmed complexion.

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Ahhh... Sheet masks! How I loooove you! Of all of my masks, sheet masks are my favorite. Okay, two in this picture aren't sheet masks but they are in the same kind of packaging and I couldn't leave them in with the tubes and jars, they kept yelling that these two couldn't sit with them and I had to put them, here. Let's get them out of the way, first. Shall we?

Montagne Jeunesse Creamy Coconut Mask. I lay out two bucks and I get a coconut scented, natural mask with real coconut water, gentle white clay and Shea Butter that hydrates and makes my skin feel amazingly soft. The packet gives one very generously thick mask or two thinner, no less lovely treatments. I'm greedy. I use it all at once. Hot Spring Sauna is a light orange-tan mask that gets all lovely and warm as it is applied. Packed with good, scrubby stuff, it polishes my skin smooth as it detoxifies and lightly hydrates. Is anyone else creeped out by the fruits and flowers over the models' eyes on the packages? Or is that just me?

Masqueology Cream Masks. I am a huge fan of these extremely affordable, effective sheet masks. One dollar. A buck. Don't let the price fool ya. These masks are drenched in hydrating, creamy stuff and make my skin feel lovely and they smell nice, too. And, they're only a dollar!

Naisture 15 Minute Collagen Essence Sheet Mask - White Rose. A package of ten of these (sadly) unscented - I was really hoping that they would smell like rose - is only $10.15 and they are so nice! Soothing, hydrating and brightening. Dude, if you love sheet masks, are on a budget but want to stock up, this is your play.

Sephora Collection Sheet Masks. Different "flavors" for different skin types. Beautifully, lightly scented. So. Effective! These are masks I refuse to be without. They are just that good. And at only six dollars a piece, they are affordable enough to stock up on and keep around for pamper/spa days or just when you need a little TLC. Rose is of course, my favorite. I also love OrchidLotusAvocado and dammit! They're not making Honey, any more? Really? Okay, then. I need to pick up Pearl and Algae to try, next time I stock up. Which I usually do during the VIB sales. Discount! Yes!

Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask. This mask is the best eight dollars I've ever spent. I kid you not! I took this pic of the package after I used it so it looks ragged. Sorry, not sorry. This mask is fucking amazing. It's a two piece, applied to the upper them lower part of the face. It looks freaky on but it is so deeply hydrating that my skin felt exquisitely moisturized and was silky soft and plumped for days. Next Sephora order, Mama's getting herself some more of these!

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Eye masks. I love to use these along with sheet or cream/clay masks. Multi masking at it's finest!

VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask. I cleanse, attach these under my eyes, apply moisturizer to the rest of my face and hit the sack. Wake up to smoother, fresher, softer skin under my eyes and my developing crows feet diminished. These babies are pricey so I don't use them as often as I'd like but when my eyes really need a treat, this is what they get.

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Masque. These little patches are soaked with eye area refreshing, soothing, brightening, softening goodness. I love to layer these under other masks so that I'm treating my face and my eye area, at the same time. Efficiency in motion. Take notes.

Sephora Collection Eye Masks. At five clams a treatment, these are not exactly cheap but they are affordable enough as well as lovely and effective. I love how big these babies are! They cover my entire under eye area, extending out and up, to cover my crows feet area and up onto my upper lids, helping to hydrate and lift there, too. Astonishing creatures! The rose smells rosy but doesn't irritate my very sensitive eyes. I'm into the Rose and Lotus, by the way.
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There you have it, gentle reader. My best face masks for dry skin. What do you think of my suggestions? Are any of these among your favorites? Are there any that you love that you'd recommend I try? I'm always down to try a new mask.

Please don't forget to visit all of my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers' posts to learn about their favorite masks, too!



Fashion Flash -- Valentine Edition + A Giveaway Alert!

Happy Valentine's Day! This week, Fashion Flash is all about love. 💘


This week, Fashion Flash is being hosted by our lovely Mirabai of Moving Free. Our online newsletter focuses on the best tips for self care in our busy lives, beauty and fashion to help us look our very best, wellness and fitness for our healthiest lives and of course...

Giveaways! There are giveaways running on six of our blogs through 2/20 offering a variety of beautiful prizes. If you are in the mood to enter to win something special for yourself or someone love, take a tour of our Fashion Flash Giveaway Extravaganza.

Tania, fashion maven over at 50 is not Old is giving away a gorgeous Bulgari fragrance.

Marcia at Beauty Info Zone offers a $50.00 Sephora gift card and a Smashbox eye shadow palette.

Cindy at Prime Beauty has beautiful earrings by Peace & Love Jewelry.

Our fearless leader, Deb of No Nonsense Beauty Blog is giving away a pair of scented soy candles from Bright Endeavors.

Allison, Chief Blogess at Never Say Die Beauty has the Luscious Lips Kit from Cynthia Rowland.

I am honored to have, for my giveaway a sterling silver, white topaz and pink quartz crystal necklace from Peace & Love Jewelry.



Pop over to Mirabai's blog to enjoy all of the informative, fun and enriching articles shared by my fellow Fashion Flash beauties and don't forget to enter our giveaways!

My Favorite Facial Oils for Dry Skin -- Makeup Wars

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As a dry skinned American, facial oils are a crucial component of my skin care arsenal. Today, I'm sharing seven of my favorite, pure natural oils and blends that I like to use to help keep my complexion soft and hydrated all year around.

Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box for January

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My Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription box for January was a pretty good one!

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A Valentine from Fashion Flash

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💖💖💖💖 This giveaway is now closed, the winner has been drawn and notified and has replied. Thank you so much to everyone for your entries! Please keep your eyes peeled, as I'm planning another giveaway to begin, soon! 💖💖💖💖

💖 Valentine's Day is approaching and it is my very great pleasure to team up with some of my fellow Fashion Flash bloggers for a series of six very special giveaways featuring beautiful and fun prizes including a Sephora gift card, beauty, jewelry and fine fragrance. All perfect indulgences for yourself or that special someone!

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For my giveaway, I have a beautiful piece of jewelry brought to us by Nancy Davis, founder of Peace & Love Jewelry and the Race to Erase MS. Checkerboard cut, bezel set White Topaz stations are set into an adjustable rhodium plated, 16" sterling silver chain with an extender to custom size this necklace to perfection. Set into the filigreed silver heart shaped basket and prong setting is a 12 x 10 mm faceted pink quartz crystal heart shaped center stone. On the back of the center stone setting is the Peace & Love signature logo.

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This sweet, delicate necklace is easy to wear, easy to love and it will be the perfect accessory to set off your new spring fashions and enjoy for years to come.

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Entering this giveaway couldn't be easier! All you have to do is scroll down a little and enter, using the Rafflecopter widget.

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The Rules:

  • This giveaway is open from the time this post goes live until 2/20/2017 at 11:59 P.M. M.S.T
  • When the giveaway ends, a winner will be drawn at random and contacted via the e-mail address provided by the entrant. The winner will have 48 hours from the time I hit send to respond and provide their mailing address or a new winner will be drawn. 
  • This giveaway is open internationally, anywhere I can legally mail a package. 
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older or the age of majority in your state/country or have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to enter and, if you win, give me your contact information. 
  • This prize is a one off. Once the package leaves my hands at the Post Office, I relinquish all responsibility for it. I do my very best to package items so that they arrive intact and in good condition. If the item arrives broken or is lost in shipping, no replacement is offered.
  • All taxes, customs fees or other expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner. No cash substitution will be offered. This giveaway is void where prohibited. 
  • All entries must be made in the Rafflecopter widget, below. The more entries you complete, the higher your chance of winning. You can come back and do the Tweet a Message entry every day to rack up even more points and further increase your chance of winning this beautiful prize!  

Sharing is caring. If you are so inclined, hitting the share buttons below this post or on the left side of my page get my blog out to more people and I appreciate it, so very much! 😘

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Fashion Flash - Week of February 6th and a Fabulous Giveaway Series Alert!

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Welcome to Fashion Flash for February and buckle up, gentle reader as the next couple of weeks will be very exciting, indeed! In addition to our regular, curated content for 40+ beauties in the know on a variety of subjects ranging from fashion and beauty to travel, personal enrichment, fitness, wellness and nutrition six of us have a special valentine just for you in the form of six beautiful giveaways!

Starting today, Marcia of Beauty Info Zone opens the show with a fabulous beauty prize. A $50.00 gift card to Sephora and a beautiful Smashbox eye shadow palette. Travel to Marcia's Fashion Flash Post for all of the details on how to enter her giveaway and of course, your regular, weekly Fashion Flash goodness.

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My giveaway opens, tomorrow so don't forget to get yoself back here to enter to win a beautiful sterling silver, white topaz and heart shaped pink quartz crystal necklace by Nancy Davis, founder of Peace & Love Jewelry and the Race to Erase MS. This prize is valued at $227.00. Would you like a sneak peek?

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Pretty, right? A lovely little indulgence for yourself or a perfect gift for someone very special.

On February 8th, Cindy of Prime Beauty will have two pairs of beautiful chandelier earrings from Peace & Love Jewelry.

February 9th is all about luxe, beautiful scent. Join Tania of 50 Is Not Old for her Bulgari fragrance giveaway.

Do you like candles? On February 12th, Deb of No Nonsense Beauty Blog will have a set of scented candles by Bright Endeavors, an organization that helps single mothers in need.

On February 13th, Allison of  Never Say Die Beauty rounds out the giveaways with a unique lip builder kit from Luscious Lips.

Be sure to set a reminder to come back and enter all of our giveaways and please, don't forget to go to Marcia's blog to enjoy this week's Fashion Flash and to enter to win her giveaway.

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Renew Your Complexion at Home with the Exuviance Performance Peel AP 25

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Exuviance, the innovators of the original Glycolic Peel offers us the opportunity to renew our complexion at home with the Performance Peel AP 25.

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Calm Your Mind and Rejuvenate Your Body with LATHER Aromatherapy

If you're wondering what the hell going on with my blog layout, all I can say is... Right now, I don't know. I got sick of looking at the layout and I want to do something new. The thing is, I couldn't stand to look at it, any longer the way it was so I stripped it down to the studs and my blog is currently living in this stark, minimal shell while I flip flop and dither over a new look. Want to know a secret? I'm kind of digging how clean and quiet it is. I like how my photographs take center stage and I love the delicate hints of pink in my links. I don't know... Maybe I'll install some black or pale pink social media buttons and a zephyr of pink accent and call it good. What do you think? Is this old blog clean and easy on the eyeballs or is it stark and devoid of character?

Like you came here to read my angst over my template layout.

Okay. Back on topic.

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Yes, gentle reader. I am an absent minded slacker. I forgot to post this, earlier and I am ready for my beating.

Fashion Flash - Winter Edition is being hosted by our beautiful Cindy of Prime Beauty Blog. This week, our news magazine contributors share the magic of Barcelona, fashion and style secrets you need, where to source gorgeous and affordable perfume oils and five fitness myths you need to avoid. Skin care is key; discover a smoother, more youthful complexion! In the mood for a great new subscription box? We have your hook up.

Don't forget to come back, next week for the next edition of Fashion Flash!